Relapsing Remitting MS
I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in early 2010 and since then I have had very good support from both the specialist consultants and the MS Nurses. I have recently started to self-inject myself three times a week with Rebif, 22 micrograms, using a Rebismart machine. This is going well with no serious adverse side effects and I am being well supported by BUPA Home Healthcare which seems to be very efficiently organised.
At the end of October 2010 I decided to retire early on health grounds from EEF where I had worked for nearly 16 years representing the interests of the manufacturing sector to the Government and European Commission on a range of employment and pension issues. This work involved lobbying Government Ministers and civil servants on employment and pensions issues in both Westminster and Brussels as well as extensive contacts with the national and specialist press as well as fairly frequent radio and television interviews.
The last major piece of work that I undertook before my early retirement was, as a member of a 3 person team, to undertake an independent review for Iain Duncan Smith MP, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Steve Webb MP, the Pensions Minister, on making automatic enrolment into pensions work. Our Report was published in October 2010 with all of our recommendations being accepted by the Coalition Government and these will now be implemented in the Pensions Bill the Pensions Bill which was published on 13 January 2011.
Although I have now retired from full-time employment, I am continuing to maintain a close interest in UK and EU employment and pensions policy but I would now also like to use my lobbying and media experience to try to support the work of the MS Trust.