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“Writing poetry helps me stay positive”

Ann performing poetry

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.

How pole fitness classes got me back into exercise

Claire shows a pole fitness move

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.

Telling friends and family about MS


I was diagnosed with MS in 2013, two weeks after my wedding and six weeks before conceiving my first baby. It  was a period of mixed blessings.

“Social care helps keep mum independent”: Sue’s story

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.

Wheelchair rugby: "I wanted to get strong again"

Debra plays wheelchair rugby aka murderball

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.

MS, balance and dizziness – in a spin?


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?

5 things I want you to know about MS by Beccy Huxtable

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:

How going back to study has changed my life

Lorna studying

Last October I started a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University. It may sound a bit cheesy, but going back to study has changed my life.

3 gardening ideas if you have MS

Shana smelling flowers in her garden

I have MS. I also love gardening. My top three tips for accessible gardening are:

1. Use pots and baskets

Put everything in pots and baskets so that you can easily reach them.

My fifth anniversary with MS

This year will mark five years since I was diagnosed with MS. During that time I’ve laughed, cried and been terrified. But here I am, ready to celebrate my fifth year with the illness, and despite everything I am happy.

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