Sheriden Emonson shares health journey
THE Bendigo Town Hall will be going red on Saturday night for an MS Australia fundraising event.
General practitioner Dr Sheriden Emonson will host a formal dinner, The Elegant Red Dress, from 6.30pm.
Dr Emonson is also one of the estimated 23,000 Australians with multiple sclerosis.
"Everything is coming together perfectly, we're going to have a great night," she said.
"We have 25 tables and 238 guests coming to the event.
"We're fully booked now, the caterers had to have their order in so we can't really wriggle on that number any more.
People have been so generous, we have some really good auction items.
"But people can still donate to the cause by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or people can also send an email to get an auction list for the night if they want to do a phone bid on the night."
Dr Emonson said there were some great auction items up for grabs.
"People have been so generous, we have some really good auction items," she said.
"We have our big general auction where most of the items are over $500 and then we have a silent auction with nice little pamper packages and massages and facials and all those sorts of things."
Dr Emonson has had MS for four years.
MS is a progressive disease of the nervous system and comes with a wide range of symptoms including fatigue, unusual sensations, bladder problems, trouble walking, dizziness, muscle spasms and speech problems.
There is no cure for MS.
More women than men have the disease and, while MS is not directly hereditary, genetic susceptibility plays a part in its development.
"It's like any chronic illness - you have to come to a point of grieving and accepting and then the rubber hits the road and you have to live each day," Dr Emonson said.
"It's about enjoying what you have."
Dr Emonson is mum to Kezia, 9, and Adah, 6.
"With children everything is a bit bitter sweet. They're the love of our lives." she said.