I’m writing this post for National Poetry Day. It’s a day when people all over the country will be reading, writing, watching or listening to poems. I love the fact we have a National Poetry Day because writing poems and performing them is one of my favourite things to do.
I always enjoyed going to the gym and keeping fit. Going to classes with friends at the weekend and after work was a regular and fun part of my life. Then I developed MS and the symptoms affected my walking, coordination and balance.
Alison supports her mum Sue who’s in her seventies and living with MS. She tells us how important it is to have control over her mum’s care and the challenges they face as a family.
MS left me feeling sad and frustrated until my physio introduced me to wheelchair rugby.
The first sign of MS was when my face went numb. It happened back in 2010, on my way home from university. After a whirlwind of doctors, hospitals, MRI's and intense emotions, I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS.
Balance and dizziness are two symptoms that have been part of my MS life since the beginning.
The balance problems started innocuously enough: a slight sensation of walking on large marshmallows and not being able to feel my feet touching the ground. Weird, but not completely worrisome. I could be tired, a bit worn out. Getting older?
Living with MS is never dull. As well as all the symptoms, which can change on a daily basis, it feels like I constantly have to explain myself. To make life easier, here are five things I would love people to understand about MS: