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Dear Santa, will you help my dad?

20 Dec 2017 | Babs Guthrie
Photo shows letter to Santa that says Dear Santa,  How are you? This year I would like something you can't find in a shopping mall or santa's workshop all I want is my dad to get better this year. Please help. Love from Hannah age 9 Hannah isn’t asking for presents or chocolate this Christmas - she just wants her dad to get better. Hannah grew up watching her dad battle MS and wanted to...

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 ...

What we achieved for MS in 2017

14 Dec 2017 | Michelle Mitchell
Gif shows avatar of Michelle wearing a santa hat As we head towards the festive season, our Chair of Trustees, Nick, and I are delighted to look back on a year of fantastic achievements. We've made real steps forward for our MS community. We know 2017 wasn't without its challenges, but just look at what we achieved together. Striding ahead in MS treatments and research...

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. Some of us find that cold weather and MS is a problem. We asked our MS community to share their tips for keeping warm in the 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 con on too as the rest of my body is like an...

“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...

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