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Some of my MS disabilities are invisible

Some of my MS disabilities are invisible

Multiple sclerosis rules my life. Even when I think I am on the home run it will stick out a tentacle and trip me up. You too as well I guess. I have obvious disabilities such as walking, in fact I cannot walk unaided. Some of my MS disabilities are invisible. People will not know […]

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MS Society introduces the 1 Km walk

MS Society introduces the 1 Km walk

Sport is an area of society in which ableism is seen only too often. Finally the MS Society is embracing people with progressive MS and mobility issues in a positive way. It is only within the last ten to fifteen years that Western society recognises athletes with disabilities. Look at the success of the recent […]

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After finishing the MS-SMART drug trial

After finishing the MS-SMART drug trial

I was a participant in the MS-SMART drug trial. If you look back over the blogs I wrote while I was on the trial my MS didn’t seem to get worse. A big question comes was after finishing the MS-SMART drug trial. Was I on a placebo, a treatment with no active therapeutic effect, or did the […]

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Walking round the supermarket with a trolley

Walking round the supermarket with a trolley

When I started taking Fampridine the physiotherapist was insistent that I take more exercise. I mentioned that I go to the supermarket every day and do the shopping on The Trike (3 wheel light-weight mobility scooter). Her eyes lit up, “I know what you can do” she said. “This is an idea. Walking round the supermarket […]

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My MS clock has gone back a couple of years

My MS clock has gone back a couple of years

I started taking Fampridine just over a couple of weeks ago. Yes, YEs, YES it really has worked. Right now I’m not too sure if my walking speed has increased sufficiently to receive the drug beyond the trial period. That it will be a bummer. Put walking speed to one side then so many other […]

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Will Fampridine improve my quality of life

Will Fampridine improve my quality of life

The physiotherapists at Queens Square neurological hospital offered me Fampridine in the summer of 2017. I knew that Fampridine also known as Fampyra could improve my walking speed. Sadly it doesn’t make the process any safer. None the less I reckoned it was worth trying out. Will Fampridine improve my quality of life When I […]

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MS society walk

MS society walk

On Sunday, 24 September I went to Battersea Park in London to take part in the MS society walk. I left the house at a 8:45, caught the train to Euston and arrived at the start just after 11. I had hoped to be there earlier. Getting to Battersea Park from Euston station by public […]

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Parallel London sponsored walk

Parallel London sponsored walk

I’ve just completed the 1 km Parallel London sponsored walk and raised over £1300. The walk was the easy bit. There was a place to start, I had my Rollator, the route was marked out and there was a finish. The journey to arrive was the nightmare. I set my alarm for 8 o’clock on Sunday […]

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Can I walk at least six kilometres

Can I walk at least six kilometres

On 24th September 2017 the MS Society is organising a sponsored walk called ‘Together we walk’. On their website they state ‘This September hundreds of MS Superstars, our friends and families, will join forces in London to take in the sights and raise funds to stop MS. Will you join us?’ Can I walk at […]

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Capability for Work questionnaire

Capability for Work questionnaire

Every once in a while the postman delivers a letter and I think ‘Uh oh this could be trouble’. On the front of this letter in big black letters I was told ‘IMPORTANT INFORMATION THIS IS NOT A CIRCULAR’ and it was ‘PRIVATE &  CONFIDENTIAL’. The really important clue was the sender, printed on the back […]

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Another sponsored walk

Another sponsored walk

Well it’s another year and I am starting to think about one of my annual challenges. I like to have challenges. They have to be achievable and put me outside of my comfort zone. So time for another sponsored walk. The right distance In 2015 I had tried to walk a mile with my rollator […]

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What would I like returned to me by Multiple Sclerosis?

What would I like returned to me by Multiple Sclerosis?

What would I like returned to me by Multiple Sclerosis? I’m talking about basic abilities, ones I have lost for ever. The list is far too long to bore you. In my dreams there is only I would like back. I’m sure it’s something lots of people take for granted. Right now I am really […]

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Red Telescopic Anti-Shock Hiking Walking Stick

Red Telescopic Anti-Shock Hiking Walking Stick

This is a simple and sturdy Red Telescopic Anti-Shock Hiking Walking Stick. It is telescopic so you can also use it as a walking pole. It has a non slip handle that means it is easy to hold it as a walking stick. There is strap that you can put round your wrist so you cannot […]

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Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes

Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes

Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes. I must put them on my left leg. Two go onto my thigh and two go just below the knee. I started using the FES two years ago in December 2014. I estimate that I have taken the sticky electrodes off about 720 times and put them back […]

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WorldvsMS challenge and The Amsterdam HACK

WorldvsMS challenge and The Amsterdam HACK

The WordvsMS campaign is an initiative that had been setup to give a voice to people with Multiple Sclerosis. The campaign has asked people with MS to list their challenges in everyday life. Three challenges were accepted from 103 that were submitted A weekend in mid-November was selected when groups of people were invited to […]

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I had a wonderful sailing holiday

I had a wonderful sailing holiday

I had a wonderful sailing holiday Earlier this year in 2016 I had a wonderful sailing holiday. Click HERE to read about it. I signed up to go sailing with the JST (Jubilee Sailing Trust) on the Lord Nelson. It was a six day trip from Southampton to France and back to Southampton. Help me […]

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Walking is sensible exercise

Walking is sensible exercise

Walking is sensible exercise. It is gentle, and it is low impact. It’s simple and effective. Even better, its free. Sensible exercise is about increasing your general activity and finding things to do that you enjoy. OK, I know that some of you can’t walk, it must be so frustratng. I can’t walk unless I […]

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The FES Really Changed My Life

The FES Really Changed My Life

The FES really changed my life. I am quite sure it was the Functional Electrical Stimulator otherwise known as an FES. Originally fitted in December 2014. I immediately stopped falling over with monotonous regularity. Instead I stayed upright, it changed my life for the better . So many people commented that I looked better and […]

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Essential Extras For The Topro Troja Rollator

Essential Extras For The Topro Troja Rollator

The Topro Troja rollator is a reliable walker if you have difficulty with balance Maybe you find walking difficult or struggle carrying items such as a plate of food. I have used these rollators for several years. I’m a happy customer. I am going to tell you about some essential extras for the Topro Troja […]

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Were There Any Benefits Doing The MS Mile?

Were There Any Benefits Doing The MS Mile?

 Were the any benefits walking the MS mile? Definitely! On the 9th September I walked the MS mile. Definitely YES 🙂 I raised just over £ 1,700 for the Chilterns MS Therapy Centre I proved to myself I could walk three quarters of a mile even with a rollator :-)) Taking exercise on a regular basis, […]

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Two channel FES

Two channel FES

I was fitted with a single channel Functional Electrical Stimulator (FES) in mid December.  Sixteen weeks later, at the end of March I was upgraded to a Two Channel FES. The original FES is only able to stimulate one muscle; the new one can stimulate two muscles. The original FES stimulates the muscle to lift the front of the foot. […]

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FES, 4 weeks later

FES, 4 weeks later

I was fitted  with a Functional Electric Stimulator (FES) in December 2014. No expectations FES has changed my life but not in ways that I was expecting. Actually I did not really have any expectations. I had not done any research into it; at times I’m so idle. I was only getting one fitted because […]

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28% Faster

28% Faster

A big question. Can I walk faster with an FES or Functional Electrical Stimulator? Will it help me? In my previous post about FES I explained how this gadget should help me with my walking. My second visit to the National Hospital for Neurology in Queen Square, London an FES was fitted. I then had a […]

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FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)

FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)

I have foot drop and it has got progressively worse over the last 10 years. FES my new walking aid Foot drop is a paralysis or muscular weakness that makes it very difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes. It can also be called drop foot. It can cause you to drag your […]

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Yes I Agree, Exercise is Good For MS Sufferers

Yes I Agree, Exercise is Good For MS Sufferers

Lots of learned people are now saying that exercise is good for MS sufferers and yes I agree. I have always thought that exercise is good for you. On what basis can I back up this obvious statement for MS sufferers? A bit of background Our Golden Retriever, Tonks, did something to one her knees […]

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MuSmate a walking aid for footdrop

MuSmate a walking aid for footdrop

I have foot drop in my left leg. When the problem started to be an issue I used the MuSmate a walking aid for foot drop. It stops me dragging my toes along the ground and tripping me up. Without the mechanical elastic device called a Musmate I could fall over very easily when walking. The Musmate […]

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Length of a Walking Stick

Length of a Walking Stick

A walking stick is the lightest walking aid to help with balance when walking.  It is not designed to be used as a crutch to support your full weight. A stick sends a signal to tell people that your balance is not perfect. So if you are a bit wobbly on your legs use a […]

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