Pregnancy and MS

Cat's blog appears in December edition of MS Society's Northern Ireland's newsletter.

With less than five days to go until my baby was due to be born, you would think I would be finding better things to do than filming for the MS Society.

But in November 2011, that's exactly where I found myself: perched on a comfy seat in my conservatory being asked a series of questions while being filmed, so that the charity could release a series of information videos online.

It's something I volunteered for because I genuinely wish there had been "real" people to watch when I was first diagnosed.

It was this lack of first person stories that spurred me on, and what also contributed to me setting up a blog.

I simply wanted to hear that MS wasn't "the end"; that life goes on.

And with me so heavily pregnant, it's no surprise that the decision to have a family was one of the main issues they wished to cover.

I was happy to discuss how my husband Joe and I had come to the conclusion to try for a family, and convey that this was the right decision for us. Little did I know that our gorgeous daughter Charlotte would be born the very next day!

A year later, the team returned when Charlotte was turning one, and they filmed again. This time the focus was on family life and how I coped following her birth; reinforcing our view that despite MS having a child was right for us.

Now, the video is available on the MS Society website, and on YouTube. At the time of writing it has been viewed almost 750 times and the response on Twitter and Facebook has been largely positive.

I can only tell my story

I have never claimed to be speaking for everyone with MS, but I can only tell my story, and hope that my positive attitude is something that others can gain some hope from.

Obviously, having MS is not something you would choose, but you can make the absolute best with what you have been given.

For me, that means looking forward with hope, trying to live as "real" a life as possible and when the tougher days come along, calling on my family and friends for the support they so readily give.

It has been almost four years since my diagnosis. There is no doubt that I have had to make some changes. I now work three days a week instead of five, and when a relapse strikes I have to take a step back and realise that I need to rest.

Mainly though I am simply a young mum who is doing very normal everyday tasks. I'd like to think that having multiple sclerosis hasn't changed the essence of who I am.


Thanks to Stephen Latimer Photography for the image. 

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