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What it’s like to be diagnosed with MS at 16 – part two

13 Jan 2017 | Carla Callaghan
Zoe was just 16 when she was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS. In part two of her blog series, she talks about the journey to finally reaching a diagnosis. After a period of being unwell and countless visits to the hospital, I returned to school. I am a stubborn, tough cookie and I wasn’t going to let my ill health get in the way. However, it wasn’t a great start as my balance problems were still serious and led me to fall...

Behind the scenes at the MS Society Tissue Bank

12 Jan 2017 | Katie Roberts
I joined the Research Network in 2008 shortly after leaving my job in research. I had just had a big relapse and couldn’t work in the lab anymore. The Research Network gave me another chance to use my skills. I’m now part of the panel that oversees the Tissue Bank. We meet once a year to discuss the Tissue Bank’s work. We want to make sure it’s meeting the needs of the scientific community and fulfilling the wishes of the donors and their...

How exercise helps me feel good

10 Jan 2017 | Annthepoet
Soon I’ll be going to the gym. I'm very tired and part of me wants to stay on the sofa but exercise can be good for fatigue so I’ll go - and enjoy a brew with my friend afterwards. Just arriving at the gym feels like an achievement, so doing some exercise while I’m there is a bonus! While I'm at the gym I know I’ll feel great; I'll get totally caught up in the moment, which is good for stress relief too.  I try to go...

Did you win our Christmas Raffle?

20 Dec 2016 | Hannah Paull
  We’re pleased to announce the winners of our Christmas Raffle 2016. A huge thank you to all our incredible supporters who have entered or donated. You've helped to raise over £175,000! This is an amazing achievement that will help support our vital research and improve the lives of people with MS. The winners are: First prize (£4,000): 175068144  – Mrs Eastman, Bexhill-on-Sea Second prize (£1,000...

#MerryMoments: tips for a stress-free Christmas

19 Dec 2016 | Hannah Paull
For some it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for others Christmas is full of stressful last minute shopping trips and burnt roast potatoes. With tinsel, wrapping paper and turkey all fighting for your attention, it can be difficult to manage your MS during the busy festive season. To help, we asked some people with MS for their top tips. Managing fatigue over advent Reverend Tom is a priest at Salisbury Cathedral, so naturally Christmas is a...

Campaigning for change: speaking out against ESA cuts

19 Dec 2016 | Hannah Paull
This year has been a busy one for our campaigners, who’ve been fighting hard to protect ESA from cuts. Our Public Affairs Officer Jonathan gave us the scoop. How is the Government changing Employment Support Allowance (ESA)? ESA is a benefit for people who are struggling or unable to work due to a health condition or disability. People receiving ESA are assessed and put into ‘groups’ to determine what level of support they will receive...

Christmas tree mishaps are part of my #MerryMoments

13 Dec 2016 | Hannah Paull
A dog, a Christmas tree - mishaps and #MerryMoments We take a plant nearly as tall as a room, move it into a house already chock-a-block with stuff and then hang breakables from every branch… What could go wrong? MS or not, many people have their own stories of minor Christmas tree disasters. For me, my family and my pets, the inevitable difficulties with our tree are part of the holiday. Bright idea For most...

Billy Talent drummer Aaron Solowoniuk on having MS

12 Dec 2016 | Carla Callaghan
Aaron Solowoniuk, drummer for Canadian band Billy Talent has been living with MS for over 15 years. He speaks about diet, exercise and his aims to drum again following a relapse. Getting stronger after a relapse I am trying to get healthy with exercise and nutrition. I have gained a couple of pounds and I am feeling myself getting stronger. I was diagnosed at 24 and I still got to do all of the things that I dreamt of doing in my late...

New research: vitamin D in pregnancy

02 Dec 2016 | Katie Roberts
Low vitamin D levels in newborns could increase their future risk of MS, according to new research. Scientists found that children born with very low levels of vitamin D were more likely to develop MS in later life. However, the study does not prove that increasing levels of vitamin D can reduce the risk of developing the condition. The sunshine vitamin You may hear vitamin D referred to as the sunshine vitamin. This is because it’s produced in our...

How Paula's family create #MerryMoments at Christmas

30 Nov 2016 | Paula Sanchez
Paula blogs for the MS Society about sharing #MerryMoments Christmas for my family is all about sharing experiences and creating memories. It's quite a significant time for us as I had my first major relapse over the Christmas period four years ago. My family were so supportive and that’s why it's so important to me to show my gratitude at Christmas. I'll never forget spending my first Christmas...

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