A music teacher was left unable to sing and play the piano after her multiple sclerosis went undetected – for more than ten years.
Bee Timms said she has been experiencing terrifying tremors since the age of 11- which were initially misdiagnosed.
She said doctors told her she had dystonia – a movement disorder where muscles contract uncontrollably.
But after an 11-year battle for answers Bee, from Shrivenham, Oxon., has finally been told she has multiple sclerosis (MS).
This condition had left her struggling to sing or play the piano – which she needs for her job.
Bee, now 22, has described a number of scary moments she has had in recent years, including when she lost her sight for a few days during attacks last Christmas.
She said: “I woke up blind. I was on my own, there was no one I could really speak to, it was so scary but it returned not long after Christmas.”
Bee said she also had another attack in March and was rushed to John Radcliffe Hospital.
She then had four more attacks in one week and finally found out what had been causing her problems.
The episode caused her to stutter, making it difficult to sing like she used to, and she was unable to walk properly or play the piano.
Bee is now working on teaching herself to do these things again.
She runs her own business, Bee Musical, which she opened in July 2019 and taught children how to sing and play the piano.
She had to stop doing that while she recovered from the attacks.
Bee added: “I was at work and I was recording a song that I wrote and my leg started going funny, it was heavy, but I just thought it was nothing to worry about.
“But it got worse and then I couldn’t walk properly. I was dragging my right foot on the floor.
“Then I drove home on cruise control at 25mph, which was quite scary. When I got home I couldn’t walk anymore, in the space of nine hours I had something similar to a stroke, which was caused by my MS.
“I’m coming to terms with it, my speech is getting much better but now I have to write with my left hand, which is a challenge.
“It was really hard for me when I couldn’t walk. It’s been hard to learn these things again.
“It was difficult to come to terms with what I had because so much was happening at that time, but now I’m starting to understand it.”
Despite her condition, Bee is staying positive and decided to start a YouTube channel.
She said: “I wanted to make a YouTube channel to show my progress, it’s mostly for me to see how far I’ve come and to look back on.
“Anyone can watch, it’s just me messing around and sharing what I’m doing. It’s going to be a slow process but this will show me how I’ve got better.”
One of Bee’s students, Isla McBeath, has now raised more than £300 after she walked ten miles around a local route.
This will go towards her getting treatment at nearby neurological centre.
Bee said: “I’m really grateful that they’ve done that. I’m really happy they went out of their way to raise the money so I can go to rehab.”
Isla has called Bee “the bravest person” she has ever met.
She said: “We did a sponsored walk for my singing teacher, I did it because I really wanted to help her with her recovery.
“When I heard what had happened to her, that she had an MS attack, I was really devastated and I instantly wanted to help in some way and that’s when the idea to do the walk came to me.
“She’s a very kind and caring person, she’s so courageous and compassionate. I’ve known her for a year now but she’s more like a friend to me than a teacher.
“We’ve raised above our target which makes me so happy.”
Donations can be made here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/walkforbee.