So why am I supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society?
About a year ago, after several years of having symptoms, a family member was officially diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Like most people I was ignorant of what MS is, so when I heard the news I did some research.
Now bear with me, as I am certainly no expert, but basically MS is an autoimmune disorder affecting the central nervous system, caused by the immune system attacking the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres. MS is unpredictable, and symptoms vary from person to person, but can include problems with balance, fatigue, numbness, visual problems and muscle stiffness or spasms, and in some cases can lead to severe and permanent disability. MS can be a difficult lengthy process to diagnose, but it is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults – around 100,000 people in the UK have the condition. It is complex and unpredictable – there is no cure, and treatments that are available are effective in only certain cases for some of the time (see the MS Society guide – What is MS?).
After doing this research, and talking to people, it has moved me just how many people’s lives have been affected by MS – I have discovered that something I hardly knew anything about is all around me.
The MS Society does an amazing job of providing support to everyone affected by MS, campaigning, funding MS nurses, offering financial assistance, and funding MS research.
Please support our challenge in aid of the MS Society – your support will really make a difference to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis in the UK who face their own challenge every day. Even if you are not able to give money, please help spread the word about MS and the work of the MS Society using the Share buttons below.
Thank you so much for your support.