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What makes Christmas magic? Kindness, elves and perfect pencils

15 Dec 2017 | Frances Whinder
A Christmas tree Christmas is coming. But if you’re dashing to finishing your shopping, wrap your presents and prepare a festive feast, it can be easy to forget that Christmas is also about the little things – those magic moments that warm us up from the inside. So we asked three of our bloggers to share their favourite festive memories to boost your Christmas spirit.  Joanne’s random acts of kindness ...

Christmas through the lens of MS

14 Dec 2017 | Chef Trevis
Trevis with his wife and a close friend Christmas is a time for making, and recording, new memories. We take photographs of children on Santa’s knee, families gathered in front of the tree or the obligatory Christmas jumper snaps. We see how big the children have grown, how much weight we’ve put on (or taken off) and how much hair we’ve lost. We see the addition of little ones...

How I’m tackling my challenge of losing weight with MS

12 Dec 2017 | tinglymum
Chloe in a garden I'm on a mission. A mission to lose weight. Since being diagnosed with MS in 2001, my weight has crept up until I can no longer ignore it. I feel bloated, uncomfortable and miserable. I’ve reached a body mass index (BMI) of 30, which is considered obese. Enough is enough. If I'm not careful, I'm going to continue putting on weight. I know I won't be happy that way.  It's not a vanity...

Learning about my body through yoga

12 Dec 2017 | Noor Jawad
Noor going to her yoga class After a long day at work or running around picking up the kids, the last thing you can feel like doing is going to the gym or a class to get your sweat on.  Especially if you have MS and your fatigue has been pushing you to your limits all day. But although you may not think it, exercise could be the very thing that helps to manage your fatigue, lift your mood and de-stress. I was...

Tips for keeping warm when it's cold outside

08 Dec 2017 | hmaunder
A frosty morning Gather your winter woollies, the days are getting colder. Although we may be dreaming of a white Christmas, some of us can find that cold weather and MS is a problem We asked our MS community to share their tips for keeping warm this winter. Snuggly socks A tale of two temperatures Socks in bed at night and a blanket around my feet when I'm sat watching TV as they get ice cold but then I have air...

“Yoga is a huge part of how I manage my MS”

01 Dec 2017 | Frances Whinder
A woman practicing yoga Before I was diagnosed with MS, I was working as a divorce lawyer. I spent most of my days sitting at a desk. I’d go to the gym at 7pm and usually come out feeling like I’d been on an assault course (noise, heat, adrenalin). My aunt, an Iyengar yoga teacher, introduced me to Garth McLean. Garth is an LA-based Iyengar yoga teacher who has relapsing MS. He works internationally with students who have MS. There was no...

Work health and disability Green Paper response falls short

30 Nov 2017 | Katie Hall
Photo shows man in mobility scooter outside Westminster holding a sign that says Make welfare make sense This week the Government published its official response to last year's Green Paper on work, health and disability. It addresses some of our concerns, but we need more commitment to support for people with MS. What did the Green Paper say for people with MS? In November 2016, the Government published a Green...

My Christmas wish list

30 Nov 2017 | Caroline
Dear Father Christmas, I do hope you’re well and gearing up for all those deliveries. Don't forget to wrap up warm and make sure your beard is properly protected. You should have received my daughter's list by now. She's been very good this year and has done her homework without (much) nagging and cleaned her teeth beautifully. Since we're chatting, Father C (can I call...

Behind the headlines: MSCT and MS

23 Nov 2017 | David Schley
Image shows representation of a stem cell sphere dyed blue MSCT (or Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy) is an exciting new area of research being explored as an MS treatment. And it's featured in tonight’s channel 4 documentary which follows lawyer Mark Lewis as he takes part in an MSCT trial in Jerusalem.  Like HSCT, MSCT uses stem cells – but that’s where the similarity ends!...

Give us a Budget for people with MS

20 Nov 2017 | Jonathan Blades
Photo shows hand holding up red budget briefcase from business insider This Wednesday Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, will outline how the government plans to spend the nation's money in the Autumn Budget. Here's four things we want the Chancellor to commit to for people with MS. 1. Money to stabilise the care crisis We know the social care system in England is in crisis. 1 in...

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