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Launching Carers Week 2017 by Michelle Mitchell

23 Feb 2017 | Michelle Mitchell
Family and carers can make living with MS easier. They’re who we turn to when things are tough. They support us when we’re tired and listen to us when we’re sad. They also remind us of silly childhood stories – sometimes to our embarrassment. We all agree that families and carers are brilliant, so every year we celebrate them. That’s why I went to Westminster this morning to launch the discussions about Carers Week with seven other major charities. What is Carers...

Why I chose MS research

23 Feb 2017 | Katie Roberts
My name is Frances. I’m 24 years old and I recently started my PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. After taking biology classes at university, I found I enjoyed working in a lab and loved the idea of helping people through medical research. Initially I thought I would work on conditions that were close to my family, such as cancer or Parkinson’s. It wasn’t until I was 19 that MS and I became close. Uncomfortable...

5 ways I bust stress and feel happy

21 Feb 2017 | Annthepoet
We asked people living with MS to share their top five tips for wellbeing. Here’s how blogger Ann the Poet takes care of herself. 1. Singing Sing loud and out of tune on purpose. This is usually funny and will make you laugh, so you get all the usual benefits of singing plus the benefits of laughing! Smiling woman 2.  Colouring in Whether it's a colouring book or some of your own doodles, this can be very...

MS Society zipslide is an adrenalin adventure!

20 Feb 2017 | hmaunder
Marion enjoying the MS Society Scotland zipslide Marion has MS and loves a challenge, but hasn’t been able to find an accessible adrenalin event – until now. I was delighted when Gemma from the MS Society Scotland's fundraising team invited me to go to Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, and check that their new zipslide event is accessible. Flying like a superhero It was a cold and frosty February day...

5 top tips for a successful Cake Break

20 Feb 2017 | Hannah Paull
Cake Break is a fun, easy way to bring people together and raise funds for better treatments, services and information for everyone with MS. You can bake homemade goodies, or pop to the supermarket for ready-made treats to share. Whether you’re a star baker, an expert faker or somewhere in between, you can take a Cake Break your way. This year, Jane Marsh will be hosting her fifth Cake Break for us. She told us her secrets for a successful,...

How you shaped our response to the Green Paper on work and disability

18 Feb 2017 | Babs Guthrie
Photo of Big Ben clock face against blue sky In 2015, the Government pledged to halve the gap in employment between disabled and non-disabled people. Last November (2016), they set out some proposals of how they might achieve their goal in a Green Paper. Our Policy Manager, Laura Wetherly explains how people with MS shaped our response. So what are the Government’s proposals? The Government’s proposals include plans...

Cake Break: will you bake it or fake it?

16 Feb 2017 | hmaunder
Cake Break - will you bake it or fake it? This March, we'd love you to join us for Cake Break and raise funds for better treatments, services and information for everyone with MS.  Organise a bake off with your work mates, decorate cookies with the kids or invite your friends over for cake and a cuppa. >> Register for your Cake Break fundraising pack today The question is: will you bake or buy your...

MRI and MS: 7 things you need to know

15 Feb 2017 | Katie Roberts
MRI plays a vital role in how we diagnose and monitor MS. In fact, over 90% of people have their MS diagnosis confirmed by MRI. 1. What is MRI? Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI for short, uses strong magnetic fields to see inside the body. It’s particularly useful in MS as it allows us to measure what’s happening in the brain and spinal cord. 2. Why are MRI scans important for an MS diagnosis? In MS your immune system attacks the...

My road to an MS diagnosis

10 Feb 2017 | Trevor Kenward
When I had my first MS attack, work was very stressful and I was under a lot of pressure. I remember working late one night and feeling stiff and tired. When I woke up in the morning my lower body felt weird and my skin felt numb. I didn't say anything to my wife, Ally, as I assumed it would just go away. We went on holiday but the feelings got more extreme. I lost sensation when I went to the loo and my feet began to feel very odd. It felt like my shoes...

A bleak(ish) midwinter: MS and cold weather

10 Feb 2017 | Barbara Stensland
Woman wrapped up warmly in snowy weather Who needs a barometer when you have MS? I find the cold makes everything sore – my joints, my feet, my skin, even my brain (what’s left of it). It’s painful. I’m bemused, because I also have extreme heat intolerance. In the summer, I swelter. I melt like a Funny Feet ice cream. I have mini-fans stashed everywhere, one of which emits a fine spray of water. This makes my already unruly hair frizzier...

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