Makeup Artist & beauty blogger turned visually-impaired MS warrior
I’m Meg, and I’m a certified makeup artist who worked in the beauty industry for over 5 years as a makeup artist, skin care specialist, social media captain, and educator. Beauty, travel, food, photography and videography were my biggest passions. Makeup was a creative outlet for me, and a way to express myself.
Beauty makeup, costume makeup, I loved all of it.
My other biggest passions were travelling, photography and videography.
I was working hard to build my career, experience life, and I felt like things were finally on the right track…
And then in 2019. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and my world was flipped upside down.
In December 2018, just shortly after returning from a vacation to Disneyland, my journey with MS began. From December early December to January 2nd, I would suffer one of the worst MS attacks my doctors had ever seen. Over the span of a couple of weeks, I would become so weak I could barely stay awake for more than a few minutes, would become fully blind, and become paralyzed. I was fully paralyzed on my left side, barely able to move my right side, and lost all core strength and control. I spent about 4 months in the hospital, and most of 2019 recovering, learning to walk again.
Here’s a video of my MS story:
To say that my life changed would be an understatement- at 24 years old, I was having to re-learn to do everything from feeding myself, tying my shoes, to walking and typing. My doctors told me that I would likely be blind and in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. For me as a makeup artist, with my career and everything I loved being visual, losing my eyesight was one of the worst things I could imagine.
Thankfully, my docors were wrong. One year later, I am in full remission, have regained about 80% of my vision (with signs that my eyesight is continuing to heal!) am able to walk again, and have defied all the odds. Here’s a 1 year update video:
I’ve continued to share updates of my reccovery and journey on social media – including some life changes and updates:
So what does this all mean for my career now? Well, things are sort of on hold right now. I still have a lot of recovery to go, and am currently visually impaired.Right now, I’m only able to do very basic makeup on myself – so no elaborate looks or tutorials for me for the moment. It’s impossible to know how much vision I’ll regain or how long it will take, but the important thing is that it’s continued to improve and the doctors now have no reason to think that it will stop improving.
As for right now, I have had to adjust to being visually impaired, and what that might mean for my future and career. Nutrition has been the most important factor of my recovery, and inspired me to study nutrition. In March 2020, I completed the Plant Based Nutrition course from eCornell (Cornell University’s online department) and am hoping to become a certified holistic nutritionist – now that I’ve seen first-hand how powerful nutrition is, I want to be able to help others see this too.
So for right now, I’m continuing to focus on recovering, getting stronger, and getting back to my life – whatever that new normal may be.
I’m so grateful to have made the recovery that I have, and so blessed to be able to share my story with others. I’ve had the chance to speak publicly about my experience, raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis, and connect with so many amazing people affected by this life-changing disease.
I’m finally starting to be able to post more regularly on my blog and social media again – especially Instagram where I try to post daily. My main page @raincoatesbeauty is a lifestyle & beauty page where I share things I’m loving & trying, updates and more.
I also have a second page dedicated to food & nutrition, @raincoatesfoodie
On my food page, you can find all sorts of food inspiration, nutrition facts, recipes and more.
On this blog, you can expect to see all sorts of lifestyle, food, and beauty content. I hope you’ll join me on this journey, and please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with me!