THREE years ago Lara Walton was pole dancing to keep fit.
These days she sometimes forgets how to walk.
Three months ago Lara was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
"I had no idea what it was," she said.
MND is a degenerative disorder that attacks the nerve cells in the brain that control voluntary muscle activity, like breathing, swallowing and general body movement.
"They said mine's progressing extremely rapidly. They've given me up to 10 years."
Originally from Burpengary, Lara moved to Sydney seven years ago to pursue her dream career in fashion design.
"I can't even undo zips now. I can't sew," she said.
MND initially manifested itself in muscle cramps in her left hand. Over time, her muscles in her hand have constricted.
"I couldn't do anything when my hand started clawing," she said.
"I started losing muscle and couldn't move my thumb," she said.
"My left hand is like Jim Carrey's The Claw."
Lara spent her 30th birthday in Toowoomba receiving treatment after her brother-in-law discovered skull acupuncture could be used to relieve symptoms.
"A girl who went to (the ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Toowoomba) had MND and was in a wheelchair and couldn't speak," Lara said.
"By the second treatment she could talk and stand up on her own."
She said treatments were giving her hope for a brighter future.
Lara will move back to Caboolture to be closer to family and her new doctor.
She said she was grateful for the support from family, friends, and her partner Steven.
"He's my best friend - he massages my arms every day to stop cramps and helps me walk on bad days."
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise money for the medical care Lara will eventually need. To donate, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/4u3qrqx4.
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