Charlene was diagnosed with MS in 2008. Last year she held her own MS Walk to help raise money to stop MS.
Getting diagnosed with MS
In the months leading up to my MS diagnosis I experienced a lot of pain and fatigue. I went on holiday in October 2007 and while out with a group of friends walking, we all noticed I was dragging my legs, which was really worrying.
After a few trips to the hospital my GP couldn’t understand why more tests hadn’t been done. So she sent me back to the hospital with a letter, and I was admitted to the hospital for about 2 weeks.
Several tests later my neurologist arrived and confirmed that I had MS. And just like that, my life changed.
Deciding to fundraise for the MS Society
Fast forward 12 years, and while scrolling through social media during the early stage of quarantine I saw an ad about taking part in My MS Walk.
Because of the COVID-19 situation, my mood has been getting low from time to time. Taking part in My MS Walk meant that when I was feeling up to it I could go for daily strolls, which is something I already enjoyed doing. And at the same time I could raise awareness about MS and raise money for the MS Society.
My top tips
Here are my top tips for anyone taking part in My MS Walk:
- Only head out for a walk if you feel up to it
- Walk at a pace that suits you
- Make sure you stay hydrated
- Listen to your body
- Set a target that’s reasonable for you to reach
- Don’t feel like you have to go for walks every day - make sure you schedule days for resting
- Don’t doubt yourself - before making the commitment go out for a few walks, see how you feel.
- Don’t feel inadequate if you’re unable to walk or raise as much as other walkers.
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