Stories for people affected by MS, by people affected by MS.
MS is different for everyone - we hope this blog reflects this.
Cat's blog appears in December edition of MS Society's Northern Ireland's newsletter.
With less than five days to go until my baby was due to be born, you would think I would be finding better things to do than filming for the MS Society.
Today is Carers Rights Day, organised by Carers UK to get information to those who have a caring role.
I’ve always been inclined to believe in the old saying, ‘When one door closes, another door opens’, but haven’t seen much evidence of it in the last few years. As one door slams, so do the neighbouring ones, and normally in quick succession.
But in these last few months things seem to have taken a rather more encouraging turn.
Watching the coverage of Felix Baumgartner being strapped into a chair frame, bolted inside a tin can and forced to dangle precariously below a flimsy looking balloon as it was lifted 24 miles into space, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit sorry for myself.
A Yank's life with MS
This past summer was a long, dry season in my part of the world. In fact we surpassed a record (that has stood for nearly a century) of days without rain.
Duncan Curtis tells us why - and how - he keeps sailing, and how it helps his health.
When your back is weak, your legs are lumps of lead, and your balance and stamina is uncertain, you might be inclined to hang up your lifejacket.
I’ve always loved autumn, the colours changing to beautiful hues of red and gold, the crisper temperatures on sunny October days. I love indulging (sometimes a little too much!) in comforting foods, and that changing fashions let me wrap in fabulous scarves and boots.
What annoys me about having primary progressive MS? I would have expected, had I wondered about this when I was still young and fit, to be very annoyed by many aspects of this illness.
It's surprising, then, that there are just two things that enrage me, and even more surprising that they're quite trivial.
Slippery floors, keeping your balance and and avoiding smug, athletic shoppers - why shopping with MS is no walk in the (retail) park.
Basket or trolley?
If you don’t pilot a trolley to steady yourself, you may be restricted to using your walking stick. This leaves only one spare hand for basket carrying, grocery packing or pocketing of change if paying by cash.