A new short film from the MS Trust charity details the life of a woman from the Outer Hebrides who lives with multiple sclerosis.
Danielle MacGillivray was diagnosed in February 2016 after becoming paralysed down one side of her body from the chest down.
The film, titled Danielle, shows how she copes with life with the condition while also being a runner, horse rider, firefighter and a single mother.
She talks about coming to terms with her MS diagnosis, why she wanted to share her story in the film and learning to “appreciate the little things” every single day.
Danielle said: “Once the director got in touch, I really loved his views on how we could make this a film without ‘feeling sorry’ for me. I wanted to raise awareness with the film and knock any stereotypical views of MS out the window.
“This will hopefully help to show people that you can live a happy, healthy, and normal life with it as long as you work alongside MS, and help show someone, who is diagnosed like I was, that it’s ok and you can still live your best life with it.”
Director Gareth Warland, said: “For me, this isn’t a film about MS. It’s a film about Danielle who happens to have MS. It was important for me that this film didn’t just focus on the disease itself, but her life and how she chooses to live it.
“By making the audience aware not just of MS but the people who have it, my hope is that this will serve as a film that will help both people who have MS but also inspire other individuals to live their best lives possible, regardless of the obstacles.”
Read more from Danielle and Gareth here.