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MS is different for everyone - read real stories and tips from people who know.

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What makes Christmas magic? Kindness, elves and perfect pencils

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. 

Christmas through the lens of MS

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.

How I’m tackling my challenge of losing weight with MS

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.

Learning about my body through yoga

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.

Tips for keeping warm when it's cold outside

A frosty morning

Gather your winter woollies, the days are getting colder. Although we may be dreaming of a white Christmas, some of us can find that cold weather and MS is a problem

We asked our MS community to share their tips for keeping warm this winter.

“Yoga is a huge part of how I manage my MS”

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 Christmas wish list

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.

"I don’t just read an MS neurology textbook, I read my dad"

Research Network member Ghazia in a cafe

I'm Ghazia, I’m 23 years old and live in London. I am a fourth year medical student from St George's, University of London.

Why I’m researching – and hiking – to stop MS

Dr Julia Edgar and friends at the 10in10 challenge

This year, one of our researchers, Dr Julia Edgar, took on the 10in10 challenge – hiking up 10 peaks in the Lake District in 10 hours. Julia explains what inspired her to get involved. 

Me and My MS nurse: Emma and Elaine

Emma and her MS nurse Elaine

Since Emma moved to the Isle of Wight, she’s been grateful to have MS nurse Elaine looking out for her. 

Emma on Elaine

When did you first meet Elaine?

When I moved to the Isle of Wight at the end of 2013.

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