I joined the GBS / CIDP Association in late 2014 because I believe that I can make a contribution to the development of the group which my late husband, David Brice, helped to establish.
My professional background is that of Secondary Education, from which I am now retired. Since then I have worked on a Seminar Team for SCIA (Spinal Cord Injuries Australia ), do part-time child care work, assist in the Archives at my former school and volunteer for a Mainly Music group for mothers and babies at my local church.
My interest in advocacy in disability commenced after I met David in 1993. I had no knowledge of GBS then. He wore calipers at that time because of severe foot-drop, a consequence of successive attacks of GBS which continued after our marriage in 1997. His was a very rare case history.
What became very evident to me, through David, was the resourcefulness and resilience of people with a physical disability-their ability to lobby at local, state and federal levels to break down barriers and to help secure equality in the areas of health, access, transport, housing and employment. That is what he did at both a personal and professional level.
It would be my hope that in some way I could contribute to the Association in any way to use what I have learnt from my experiences living with David. His impact on the way I now live my life is immeasurable.