N.S. MLA to return to legislature after multiple sclerosis diagnosis
Nova Scotia NDP MLA Denise Peterson – Rafuse has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. (Nova Scotia Legislature/nslegislature.ca)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:43AM ADT
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia NDP member Denise Peterson-Rafuse says she will return to the opposition benches after taking a leave of absence to deal with health issues.
Peterson-Rafuse temporarily stepped aside in April after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The member for the South Shore riding of Chester-St. Margaret's says she's looking forward to resuming her duties in the provincial legislature when the fall sitting begins on Thursday.
Peterson-Rafuse says she kept a light work schedule in her constituency through the summer.
She says returning to work will "help my mind," although she concedes she still faces a long journey with the disease.
Peterson-Rafuse says she has a new perspective on how valuable life is and how quickly circumstances can change.