Meet Chrissie Amphlett
by Rachael Thomas
(Burnham, Buckinghamshire, UK)
She was the lead singer of 'The Divinyls' (band who had 'When I think about you I touch myself' fame - Number 1s world-wide.)
She starred in the Australian leg of 'The Boy From Oz' as Judy Garland.
She is extremely famous and well-loved in Australia for her feisty attitude and sexy schoolgirl 1980's outfits! She has always been a hero of mine.
Taken from the Sydney Morning Herald early this year:
'Divinyls' Chrissy Amphlett hit by MS (December 7, 2007)
Australian rock queen Chrissy Amphlett has revealed she suffers from the brain and spinal cord disease multiple sclerosis.
Speaking on the Nine Network's A Current Affair program, the Divinyls lead singer said she was diagnosed with the disease about five years ago.
But she had kept her illness secret from everyone but her husband.
When first told of her condition, she panicked, Amphlett said.
"I was very angry," she said.
"I was terrified because there's no road map. There's no predictability. You are living with uncertainty. The only certainty is uncertainty."
Amphlett said she had stopped drinking 11 years ago and did not want people to link her condition with the way she had lived her life in the past.
"There's plenty of people that have not lived the life I have lived that have MS," she said.
Amphlett said the first signs of MS started in the late 1980s.
"I just thought it was dehydration and then it didn't
happen for a while," she said.
"Then the next time, during the Boy From Oz, one of my legs in the last dream scene would start to wobble."
"There were these bits and pieces in between, little moments, falling over in restaurants."
Amphlett said although she had been affected for about 20 years, her physical disability became problematic about five years ago.
"We still don't know how you get it, they say you get it by something, some virus, outside ourselves ... but I have a predisposition obviously."
Amphlett said to her husband that he had "married a dud" and offered him the choice to divorce her.
"I said: 'If you want to divorce me you can now because I don't want you to waste your life'," she said.
"I felt all those things and I didn't want to be a burden. He said: 'Chrissie, this is life and life happens'."
Amphlett said she was secretive about her illness because she didn't want to be a burden.
"It's not a life sentence and I've learnt a lot," she said.
"The self image thing has been a little bit difficult to deal with, in that I'm not perfect."
Amphlett said walking to the shop was something she could no longer do.
"Some days I can't get out of bed."
*Here is the link to the original article.
And here is a video of one of her most popular songs in the 1990's.