About me, Amanda Knight
But just when it was all working out brilliantly, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a really weird condition, with lots of peculiar symptoms, and very unpredictable. It is also incurable, unfortunately. I managed to continue working for a couple of years, but it was becoming harder and harder, and the Office didn’t seem to want to make any adjustments to support me. Instead, they gave me a pension and we went our separate ways.
A year after I was pensioned off (at 38!), my husband I and I also went our separate ways.
I felt like I was going mad – no work, not much money, and too much time to brood. Instead, I joined a therapy centre for people with MS. I had physio and other treatments there, and became a trustee for the charity, doing the books for them while I was there.
Eventually, I knew I had to leave London. I am an only child and my parents are getting old and have their own health problems, so it was easier if I returned to Warwickshire. I managed to bring a new man with me though, and we are now happily married.
Ultimately, I missed the money. Pro Bono work is good for the soul, but it doesn’t pay the bills. I have spoken to so many business owners who are worried about their business finances, seeing it as a much scarier deal than it needs to be. This is when I decided to set up on my own in order to help those people.