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"Reading about research and other people’s stories has always given me hope and ideas to help myself, both now and in the future."

Sue Bennett shares her MS story and how MS-UK has been there to support her MS journey

When I was newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), I felt completely bereft with no hope for the future. Some friends took me out for a meal, and there was another lady there who looked completely normal and beautiful, and she also had MS! We talked a lot, and I think that helped me, talk to someone with the same diagnosis.

I love MS-UK’s magazine, New Pathways, and I get a lot of information from it. Reading about research and other people’s stories has always given me hope and ideas to help myself, both now and in the future. I’ve also used the Helpline in the past, especially for vaccine information.

For anyone else newly diagnosed, I’d say, talk to your family. Be honest about how you are feeling, as many of our symptoms are hidden, and people like to help.

For me, taking up running has transformed my life. I’m fit, I have a purpose and I have hope. Each run is a celebration – a proud moment. Without a doubt, my symptoms have lessened, and my confidence has grown. I know how quickly life can change, so I try and live by the mantra of life being too short, so live it!

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