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We’re on the verge of something really significant

Alun Armstrong

You could say that I’ve been living with MS – because of my sister – for 40 odd years.

My sister has relapsing MS. She’s a little bit older than me, in her mid-70s. I think the diagnosis was picked up when she was in her mid-to-late 30s. But in reality it had probably started a long time before that, when she was quite young. Anybody connected with MS knows what a debilitating condition it can be.

But in the last few years things have been discovered that have really helped my sister, both directly with her MS and with symptoms related to it. She’s been prescribed several new medicines over the last few years and I’d say she’s improved at least 50% because of these new discoveries.

Why I joined Team Stop MS

Being in Team Stop MS means a lot to me. It makes me feel that whatever little use I am, it’s helping in some way. Because my sister has lived with MS for so long it’s very close to my heart.

We’d all love to be able to dash to the medicine cabinet and give our loved ones something that’s going to take it all away. We can’t do that, but we can help in whatever small way we can.

I get a lot of satisfaction thinking I’m doing a little something. And I’ve had some wonderful times and met some incredible people through working with the MS Society.

I’m always surprised by the incredible strength and qualities that people with MS show in their everyday lives. It’s humbling and it’s inspiring.

MS research and the Octopus trial

MS research is hugely important. I was really excited to hear about the Octopus trial. They’ve got all these different drugs working alongside each other, and they can take out the ones that don’t look promising, and add new ones in.

Why should you join Team Stop MS?

We’re at a moment in the fight against MS where the future looks really promising. And from what the scientists tell us, we’re on the verge of some really significant breakthroughs in finding treatments to stop MS.

By joining Team Stop MS – just by getting the word out, or raising some money – each of us could help push MS research further and get us somewhere really exciting.

Join Team Stop MS

Share, donate, fundraise. There’s so many ways to support vital MS research. Go to our Team Stop MS page to find out how to get started.