Progressive disease

Methods I use to manage my multiple sclerosis

Methods I use to manage my multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a very unpredictable disease and tough to live with. I think we all know that; I certainly do. MS has now been a part of my life since 1972 but I was not diagnosed until 1995. Here some methods I use to manage my advanced multiple sclerosis. Everyone has their own way […]

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Making an annual wish to improve my life

Making an annual wish to improve my life

Back in the day I would make a resolution every New Year’s eve. Its such an easy thing to say when I’ve drunk a glass a glass or two too many. Everyone else has made one so why shouldn’t I? Now I’m a bit softer in the stomach and wiser in the head so I’ve […]

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Simple things I now need to understand

Simple things I now need to understand

A few years ago I kidded myself that I could still do the things just like I did in the noughties. Simple things I now need to understand. “Don’t worry, I can do it” I shouted enthusiastically as I was starting jobs like cooking supper. It would all begin swimmingly. Suddenly, out of the blue, […]

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DWP decide my Personal Independence Payment

DWP decide my Personal Independence Payment

This morning I received a brown envelope from Belfast. I knew the contents straightaway, the DWP had made a decision. I had already read the assessor ‘s report. How will the DWP decide my Personal Independence Payment benefits. A normal life I did not know if the DWP decision was going to be a mere […]

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A progressive disease is one that gets worse

A progressive disease is one that gets worse

A progressive disease is one that gets worse. Perfectly true but for an awful lot of them it’s in an unpredictable way. Will it progress quickly or slowly? Is it predictable? What are the consequences? Inevitably this leads to a lot of anxiety, sometimes even depression and worry. Doesn’t this sound like multiple sclerosis? I […]

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The Website aid4disabled.com

The Website aid4disabled.com

There are numerous multiple sclerosis (MS) websites. There are those run by large organisations and there are ones like this one, run by one man and his dog. I hope this one is different and makes you curious. The main aims of the website Aid4disabled.com are to provide two different services. The two main functions […]

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48 weeks so I am almost half way there

48 weeks so I am almost half way there

I started the MS–SMART trial on January 7th 2016 and I take the MS-SMART pill twice a day. Its now 48 weeks so I am almost half way there. This two year trial is looking at 3 different drugs to find out if there is some neuroprotection in any of them. 48 weeks so I […]

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A Letter to Multiple Sclerosis

A Letter to Multiple Sclerosis

A Letter to Multiple Sclerosis You first visited me a long time ago. It was 1972, I was 18 and having a pint or two of beer. I went to the loo for a pee but nothing happened. In 1979 I had a serious bladder spasm and I wet myself at work. You went away […]

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A terrible shock

A terrible shock

Last week I discovered that our lovely shower was not working and the problem wasn’t just the shower. Book the engineer The story starts when the thermostat for our power shower broke so the shower water was only freezing cold. I phoned Aqualisa to book an engineer. I pulled the disability card and was told […]

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Information you need to know

Information you need to know

I am going to tell you information that I think is important. One is about your consultant and the other refers to multiple sclerosis and the two are linked. This is information that my consultant Professor Giovannoni talks about in his blog and I feel it is vitally important that other people know this. It’s […]

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MS Awareness

MS Awareness

Multiple Sclerosis, so many people know the words but they are unaware how MS affects a person? So many people do not know the impact this disease has upon people’s lives. It usually strikes when you are young and your life is in front of you. Worst of all, it is a progressive disease. The […]

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Its the little things

Its the little things

Do people really know what it is like to have a progressive physical disability? What took a couple of seconds now takes me a couple of minutes or more. People see me around town I’m always cheerful and positive when people see me in town or at networking meetings. It’s what goes on behind the […]

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Thoughts on counselling

Thoughts on counselling

Here are a few of my thoughts on counselling. How you feel about yourself Remember MS is a progressive disease and counselling does not provide an instant cure. Therapy or counselling can give you a chance to adapt your coping strategy. It is a chance to talk and to change your mind-set. Change how you […]

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

I saw a tweet about spotting the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and how you could save a child’s life. Are you Type 1 diabetes aware? Probably not, the symptoms are difficult to spot. If in doubt get a blood test, very simple and a possible life saver  Type 1 diabetes It is a Long […]

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