Jo Sopala, Director of Health Professional Programmes at the MS Trust, has signed up to run the British 10K in July and wants you to join her.
The weather's picked up, the BBQs are out and the ice-cream van is making its tuneful way up our road. This can only mean one thing: the holidays are hurtling towards us. As a general rule, breaks away are meant to be a relaxing experience. But when MS comes as part of the package deal, this isn't always the case. Caroline, who blogs at Mildly Scrambled, was diagnosed 14 years ago and has picked up a few holidaying tips along the way.
Having kept her MS secret for eight years, MS Trust supporter Jenna decided to open up about life with the condition earlier this year – and says it was the best decision she’s ever made. Here she tells us about the empowerment she felt sharing her story and raising awareness of MS.
Caring for a loved one with advanced MS can bring all kinds of challenges, with many families feeling like they have nowhere to turn. Here, we speak to Lisa and Tony Tanner, who care for Lisa’s mum Georgetta, about the ups and downs of being a carer, and how the MS Trust's Advanced MS Champion programme will make a difference.
Lots of you share your views on issues affecting people with MS in the letters and emails you send us, your phone calls and on our social media channels. Here we focus on a couple of burning issues that have got many of you talking.
Last year, 64 daring MS Trust supporters took a leap of faith and jumped out of a plane with a parachute, raising over £44,000 to help others affected by MS. Adventure lover Sarah Harper explains why she wanted to take part in a sponsored skydive.
Talking about your toilet troubles can sometimes be embarrassing - there’s no getting away from it! But bowel and bladder symptoms in MS are common and often easily managed, so it’s important to be open about what you’re going through so you can get the support you need. We put some of your questions about these issues to MS specialist nurse Noreen Barker.
When Isobel was diagnosed with MS aged just 22, she vowed it would “make me not break me”. Determined to help other young people in a similar situation, she decided to start vlogging about her journey with MS. Over a year later, Izzy’s YouTube channel, Izzy MS (youtube.com/izzyms), has thousands of subscribers and her videos have proved an invaluable source of support for people with MS from all over the world. We caught up with Izzy to find out more.
Whether it’s the everyday tasks that keep you independent, like getting dressed in the morning and cleaning your teeth, or being able to do those things you enjoy, like baking or painting, the dexterity and coordination of your hands and arms is essential. This was acknowledged by the MS team at Barts in 2016 when they launched their #ThinkHand campaign and began raising awareness on the importance of upper limb function in the MS community. The awareness campaign has been steadily gaining momentum, so we decided to catch up with Professor Gavin Giovannoni to find out more about the campaign and learn why we should all be ‘thinking hand’