"It isn’t the end of the world and it should not define who you are as a person."
David, whose mum has MS, talks about his project with the Fixers campaign to create a short film to help other young people talk about MS.
David, 21, has cared for his mother, Gina, since she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 10 years ago.
With the help of fixers, David has created a short film that details some of the problems MS creates in day-to-day life and goes on to explain that a diagnosis does not spell disaster.
‘My campaign is to educate people about multiple sclerosis, it’s a serious subject but I want to show people that living with MS doesn’t mean you can’t live a fairly normal life,’ said David, from Welshpool.
David has been the primary care giver for his mother and he believes MS affects everybody around them, not only the person with the condition.
‘I just had to figure it out each day at a time,’ explained David. ‘It’s hard to watch someone, my rock, struggle to do day to day tasks properly – it’s really difficult.’
These everyday tasks include walking up and down the stairs, making food or a hot drink, doing the housework and doing the shopping.
‘The best way I can describe it is the brain is not able to send messages to the feet and the hands as well as it would for others,’ said David.
After being inspired by other Fixer campaigns, David decided to do a project to show MS can be managed and to show how it doesn’t have to take over someone’s life.
In the film David explains the daily difficulties of MS and encourages those with MS and carers to ‘face each symptom – one at a time’.
David hopes to share his resource with young people and professionals, including the MS Trust, to show the effects of Multiple Sclerosis and encourage people to talk openly about the condition.
David said: ‘I want people to know if they are living with Multiple Sclerosis, or know someone who does, it isn’t the end of the world and it should not define who you are as a person.’
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