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MS Active Together: Dom’s story

03 Sep 2017 | Frances Whinder
Personal trainer Dom Thorpe has created a series of workout videos for MS Active Together, our new initiative to encourage people with MS to get active. He tells us how his mum’s MS inspired his career. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been interested in sports and fitness. About 10 years ago, I decided to turn my passion into a career and become a personal trainer. I had the opportunity to learn how to train people with disabilities. The idea...

Did you win our Sunshine Raffle?

01 Sep 2017 | Hannah Paull
We're delighted to announce the lucky winners of our summer Sunshine Raffle! A huge thank you to everyone who entered. Your support makes a real difference - in 2016 alone, you helped us to raise over £477,000 for vital MS research and support for people with MS. Every ticket brings us closer to stopping MS for good. Our lucky Sunshine Raffle winners are: First prize (£4,000) 311003 – Mrs Pallett, Warwickshire Second prize (£1,000...

Why we walked for MS

01 Sep 2017 | Hannah Paull
Emma and her wife Miri are big fans of the MS Walk. Emma tells us what she enjoys most about the event and why she's getting involved again. I was diagnosed with MS five and a half years ago years ago. It was a difficult time for me and a big thing to wrap my head around. My family and I really relied on the MS Society for support. I wanted to give back and meet other people with MS, so I started volunteering six months later. Walking for MS I've taken...

MS Create: designs from MRI scans

25 Aug 2017 | Kirsty Stevens
Designer Kirsty Stevens has made a career out of her creativity – and her business was inspired by her MS. I work full time at my surface pattern design label, Charcot. Using the visible lesion shapes from my own MRI scans, I’ve turned a negative into a positive by using these shapes in designs for things like silk scarves and screen prints. Making MS visible The main drive for me is raising MS awareness. Since being diagnosed, I’ve...

MS Create: playing the piano

25 Aug 2017 | Hannah Smith
Hello there, my name is Hannah and I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in December 2014. Recently I’ve got back into a hobby that I’ve learnt to love again: playing the piano. I’ve always been able to play the piano from an early age. My aunt is a music teacher and she has taught me over the years. However, once I’d moved in with my partner I drifted further and further away from the piano. My partner has always loved...

MS and creativity: finding my motivation

23 Aug 2017 | Rachael McIntyre
I was diagnosed with MS two and a half years ago, aged 26. I struggled to deal with my diagnosis and felt very angry with the world. Recently though I’ve turned a corner and become more accepting of it. I’ve always been creative and love drawing and painting, but I’d stopped taking the time to enjoy doing it. So much had happened and I didn’t feel in the right headspace to sit on my own and draw: I was worried that I’d end up...

MS Create: “I’ve gone from being in a dark place to a world filled with colour”

22 Aug 2017 | Frances Whinder
Lucie Wake tells us how her passion for art helped her bounce back from an MS relapse. When I tell my MS story, I like to focus on the positives. I’ve always been described as a colourful character. Having a creative outlet is important to me. After school, I did an art degree and got a BA in ceramics. Colour was central to my work. I went on to run my own licensing company (Hocus Pocus) which used characters I’d...

“I’m part of a team rather than a one man band”: Alan, our Campaigner of the Year 2017

18 Aug 2017 | George Marshall
Alan Beevers was named Campaigner of the Year 2017 at our MS Awards for his decade of incredible local campaigning. We spoke to him to find out how he’s helping people in Moray, Scotland. Alan was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and quickly became involved with the MS Society: “Not long after being diagnosed, I met the MS community in Moray, and I became hopeful about my future.” Ever since then, he’s dedicated himself to improving services for people with...

Behind the headlines: does being in the army increase your risk of dying from MS?

17 Aug 2017 | David Schley
marching peppers A new study suggests that being in the army may increase your risk of dying from complications to do with MS. Researchers at Southampton Hospital looked at the death records of men in England and Wales. They found deaths from MS were much higher among people whose last recorded job was in the armed forces. What causes MS? Although the study found a clear difference in death rates, it didn’t look at risk factors for developing MS. We know your...

HSCT insights: dealing with isolation

03 Aug 2017 | hmaunder
Man watching TV What’s it like having HSCT? Three people who’ve had the treatment share their experiences. People having HSCT typically spend about a month in isolation following chemotherapy. This is to keep them safe while their immune system rebuilds. In this blog, we look at what helped them cope with being apart from friends and family. Mark had the treatment on the NHS in the UK, while Kate and Darren...

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