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Colts Letisha Charles-Thomas advocates for disability awareness

Colt's Letisha Charles-Thomas advocates for disability awareness

 October 09, 2022

Colt's is committed to creating an accessible workplace environment where all of its employees can contribute, thrive and have a fair chance to develop and progress.

The company's Disability Accessibility Network (DAN) aims to raise awareness of visible and invisible disabilities and health conditions, embrace people’s differences and champions inclusion across Colt.

Colt's Letisha Charles-Thomas works as a Personal Assistant, Finance, based in London, United Kingdom. She shares her personal journey here.


Receiving her diagnosis

Not only is May 30 known as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Day, it’s also the day that Letisha got her own MS diagnosis in 2019, though she only became aware of the coincidence later.

"This followed months of unexplained symptoms, starting with a slight blurriness in my right eye the October before. At first, it was like looking through a smeary window but by November, it was much worse," says Letisha.

"By the following March, I was struggling with sensitivity to light and experiencing a range of other systems, including weakness in my left leg and arm. Eventually, I received a diagnosis of relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I was 25," she explains.

Letisha felt sad but mostly relieved that she finally had an explanation.

"The uncertainty had been hard, I’m someone who likes to plan and without a diagnosis I felt I couldn’t be in control of anything," she comments.

Raising awareness of invisible disabilities

Letisha joined DAN because she wants to raise awareness about invisible disabilities in the workplace.

"You wouldn’t know that I have MS just by looking at me but I struggle with fatigue and things can be tough if I have a relapse. I’m also really glad to see Colt embracing hybrid working, as I think this will help employees like me a lot," says Letisha.

"I have learnt more about my symptoms and living with MS from the two main UK charities for people with this condition, the MS Society and the MS Trust, than from my nurses and doctors. Unfortunately if your symptoms don’t present in the textbook way, doctors can be dismissive."

"I found this very frustrating. However, speaking to these charities helped me enormously and I’ve tried to help by sharing my own story via their blogs and on Instagram," she adds.

"I’d like to continue to help others who may be living with a long term condition or who are supporting someone who is. It can feel lonely to get a diagnosis like this but it needn’t be, there are people who know what you’re going through," concludes Letisha.


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