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Stories for people affected by MS, by people affected by MS.

MS is different for everyone - we hope this blog reflects this.

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The strangeness of strangers

Christopher on the tubeRecently the charity Scope has been running a campaign to address the awkwardness that can occur in everyday interactions with disabled people.

This got me thinking about my own interactions with strangers since I started using a wheelchair.

#IchallengeMS by thinking ‘What would Batman do?'

AnnWe all need heroes. Batman was my favourite superhero when I was a child.

I think because I could be my true self in the dark, this was when I could hang out with my mates and not worry about school. Also he has a cool car, a great sidekick and a butler!

Managing bowel problems: your tips

Bowel problems are among the most difficult symptoms of MS to talk about. Not everyone will have them, but many do.

So how do you cope with constipation or incontinence? That’s what we asked on Facebook, and here’s what you told us.

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Handle with care

Barbara and her sonSomething peculiar happens the day your neurologist hands down your MS diagnosis.

Your family and friends will do one of two things:

Being empowered

Mary standing next to her tandemIs this really me? Did I really just take part in a two-day bike ride? With MS?

From getting me back out into my local countryside with my husband, our tandem has now enabled us to take part in a cycling event in Anglesey.

Singing: the best fun you can have without chocolate?

AnnI read a statistic that 40 per cent of people with MS develop problems with their voice, which shocked and scared me.

I know it's only a statistic, but my voice is my best asset.

A Yank’s Life with MS: Treat Us Right!

Trevis speakingI have been excited to write this post ever since I saw the unveiling of the Treat Me Right video when I was at MS Life 2014.

Time for a service: my life-changing scooter

Mike sat outside in his gardenAs I watched my scooter being loaded into a van for its first annual service, it got me thinking of what I was up to this time last year… and how I managed before it.

I rely on the scooter so much, and can no longer imagine life without it - and so servicing is something I consider essential. 

Spasticity and me

Chris sat on the London UndergroundMy friends are often surprised when I say I experience spasticity.

Dealing with uncommon symptoms and side effects

Trishna smilingWhat do you do when you feel like you’re the only person in the world with a particular symptom?

With my MS, I’ve had quite “standard” symptoms. Numbness, tingling, the MS hug, fatigue, weak hands, more fatigue... You get the picture.

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