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Stories for people affected by MS, by people affected by MS.

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

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MS, my rescue dog, and me

Sally, Ciaron and Bowser the dog

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…

How I told my children about my MS

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.

5 ways I bust stress and feel happy

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.

1. Singing

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!

Smiling woman

My road to an MS diagnosis

When I had my first MS attack, work was very stressful and I was under a lot of pressure.

A bleak(ish) midwinter: MS and cold weather

Woman wrapped up warmly in snowy weather

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.

What MS treatment is like for me

“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!

MS hasn’t stopped me cooking fresh, tasty meals

Nick

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.

How exercise helps me feel good

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!

#MerryMoments: tips for a stress-free Christmas

For some it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for others Christmas is full of stressful last minute shopping trips and burnt roast potatoes.

With tinsel, wrapping paper and turkey all fighting for your attention, it can be difficult to manage your MS during the busy festive season. To help, we asked some people with MS for their top tips.

Christmas tree mishaps are part of my #MerryMoments

A dog, a Christmas tree - mishaps and #MerryMoments

We take a plant nearly as tall as a room, move it into a house already chock-a-block with stuff and then hang breakables from every branch… What could go wrong?

MS or not, many people have their own stories of minor Christmas tree disasters.

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