Mum-of-four Julie Clear writes poems about life, love and MS. She tells us why creativity is an important part of her life.
When you have MS, your bed becomes your best friend. MS can mean beds risk being drab, depressing places cluttered with cake crumbs (just me?), but they’re also conducive to sex – aren’t they?
Sex can be complicated when you’re sick. Hell, sex can be complicated regardless, but a chronic condition is a game changer like no other.
When Sally Deegan and her husband adopted a rescue dog, they hoped he’d help them find happiness, but he’s done a lot more than that…
Angela is a child therapist, but talking to her daughters about her MS was still a challenge .
I work as a counsellor in primary schools. I first started noticing something was wrong during the school holidays two years ago. I was unbelievably tired – and it didn’t get better, no matter how much I rested.
We asked people living with MS to share their top five tips for wellbeing. Here’s how blogger Ann the Poet takes care of herself.
Sing loud and out of tune on purpose. This is usually funny and will make you laugh, so you get all the usual benefits of singing plus the benefits of laughing!
When I had my first MS attack, work was very stressful and I was under a lot of pressure.
Who needs a barometer when you have MS?
I find the cold makes everything sore – my joints, my feet, my skin, even my brain (what’s left of it). It’s painful. I’m bemused, because I also have extreme heat intolerance.
“Just think of it as an enforced rest”, my MS nurse quipped as she rigged me up to the drip – and ain’t that the sad truth. Being a mum of two with MS doesn’t leave much in the way of ‘me’ time, but I’m not sure sitting in hospital was what I had in mind!
After his MS diagnosis Nick adapted the way he cooked. He’s keen to spread the word that disability doesn’t have to stop you doing what you love. Now he’s got rather a lot on his plate – his Facebook page ‘My Easy Suppers’ has around 17,000 fans.
Soon I’ll be going to the gym. I'm very tired and part of me wants to stay on the sofa but exercise can be good for fatigue so I’ll go - and enjoy a brew with my friend afterwards. Just arriving at the gym feels like an achievement, so doing some exercise while I’m there is a bonus!