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Hopes for LIF – what’s the evidence?

07 Jun 2017 | David Schley
Reports of a potential new approach to manipulating immune cells have popped up in the news. We look at how close it is to delivering a treatment for MS. Not focused on MS Leukemia inhibitory factors (LIFs) have been shown to change the response of the immune system. Dr Su Metcalfe, a retired academic, believes that one particular LIF could be used to turn the attack function of immune cells on and off. LIFs affect the way cells grow and change. Although many of...

Disability hustings: asking the hard questions

06 Jun 2017 | Hannah Paull
The hall was packed with 150 people and the atmosphere was electric. People were rushing to the podium to talk to the speakers. Where was I? Westminster, of all places. I was there for a hustings event with candidates from the three main political parties. This was a chance for people living with different conditions to quiz MPs about their disability policies before the 2017 general election. I was excited to experience live politics and keen to hear how each...

Volunteers' Week: thanking our volunteers

01 Jun 2017 | Michelle Mitchell
Volunteers’ Week is the UK’s biggest celebration of volunteering and a chance to thank all of you who give your time to help others. To start off the week, our Chief Executive, Michelle, wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to our inspirational volunteers across the UK. A few weeks ago I was honoured to host our MS Society Awards 2017. Throughout the day we heard amazing stories of MS champions – volunteers, groups, fundraisers, campaigners,...

Adjusting to life with progressive MS

31 May 2017 | Katie Roberts
Dr Angeliki Bogosian is a health psychologist and researcher. We spoke to her about her research into adjusting to life with progressive MS. I’ve been involved in MS research for over 10 years now, and in recent years I’ve become particularly interested in understanding more about how people adapt to living with progressive MS. Three years ago, the MS Society awarded me a junior research fellowship to do just that. My research For my...

Equine assisted therapy: "The best therapy I know..."

26 May 2017 | Sandy Semple
We don’t make eye contact at first. I approach the horse slowly, lifting my arm and laying my hand gently on his neck. Despite his size, I’m not scared. He sniffs me, checking to see if I’m friend or foe. His name is Thunder – half a tonne of muscle and horsepower. And he’s also my therapist. This all happened by sheer chance. One day I struck up a conversation with another mum at the school gates. She was always in her horsey gear...

Kiss Goodbye to MS: the soundtrack

26 May 2017 | Caroline
Oh, the joy of a mixtape. That secret weapon in every teenager's romantic armoury. Evenings spent carefully creating soundtracks to indicate to the object of your affection just how thoughtful, funny and cool you are. Choosing the right songs to give the secret message that although-I-rarely-speak-to-you-in-class-I-actually-really-fancy-you. And do you fancy a snog? Well this is a mixtape to offer a kiss of a different kind, a Kiss Goodbye...

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow in Dawn's accessible country garden?

24 May 2017 | Sheahan Arnott
More and more evidence is building about the value of gardening for people with MS, and now summer’s arrived it’s a good chance to spend time doing just that. We spoke to Dawn to find about more about her special garden and how it helps her manage her MS. My passion for gardening started when I did work experience at a florist at age fourteen. I loved being surrounded by the aroma and learning about the flowers. I became so knowledgeable they took...

Kiss Goodbye to…alcohol: how I survive a sober night out

24 May 2017 | Hannah Paull
So you’ve binned the booze for Kiss Goodbye – great start. Worried how you’ll cope on your next night out and beyond? Never fear. Thanks to an alcohol allergy, I've been embracing sober nights out for years. Here are my top tips for unwin(e)ding on an alcohol-free night out. >> Sign up to Kiss Goodbye to something this bank holiday weekend. 1. Act natural A few of your friends might know you’re off the wine, but no one...

Kiss Goodbye to MS: a conversation with MS

22 May 2017 | Caroline
MS: *brightly* Hiiiiiya. Me: *reading* Oh, hi. MS: *looks smug, puffs chest out* Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiya. Me: *reluctantly putting down book* You looked pleased with yourself. MS: Yes, you won't believe what they're saying about me! Me: That you're a brain-scrambling, attention-seeking diva? MS: There’s no need to be like that. Me: I think you’ll find there’s every need. So go on then, what are they saying about you? MS: Well, it...

The wedding crasher: MS and planning our big day

18 May 2017 | ClaireyCee
Last summer my fiancé James made me the happiest girl in the world when he asked me to marry him. We were on holiday in Berlin and it was a very romantic proposal under the Brandenburg Gate! We're now starting the huge task of planning our Big Day. There’s a lot to consider. When and where? Kilt or suit? What colour of dress? Who to put on the guest list? For us deciding the guest list is actually pretty simple - with one...

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