Our services support people like Lisa, this is her story…
‘Suddenly, I was able to meet up with others out there who were experiencing similar things to me, both physically and mentally.’
I have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). I have so many symptoms. I get a lot of pain, and I trip and fall quite often. At times my head is full of mush. I am not able to multitask – I forget the simplest instructions and find I have to continually talk myself through everything.
I was given the news that I had MS over the phone last year in June, when human care and contact was perhaps at its lowest due to the pandemic.
I felt helpless, despondent, and teary. I was alone and alienated.
After a couple of months, the local MS nurse gave me information about MS-UK, and then the game changed.
Now, suddenly, I was able to meet up with others out there who were experiencing similar things to me, both physically and mentally. I found
large spaces of love and gratitude within this new community.
It sounds strange, but I cannot express how liberating this was. The fear of what might happen, the grim fight of
acceptance within, the feeling of vulnerability and sometimes the utter darkness were pins blown apart by the ball of MS-UK.
I attended my first Peer Pod to meet others, and in the space of a year, I have attended all the MS-UK Online courses and information sessions I’ve been able to.
Two of my favourites have been a poetry course with Georgi Gill, and an introduction to Tai Chi. I’ve also been on some awesome introduction to meditation courses – I love them!
I truly believe that there is a gift in everything. Sometimes it’s blooming hard to find it, or to figure out what on earth is going down. MS-UK has helped me connect with others, stay positive and find the space inside that is peaceful. Now, there’s a gift.
A donation this Christmas will enable us to help more people like Lisa for years to come. Please consider making a small gift that will make a huge difference to our MS community.
Does Lisa's story sound familiar?
Maybe you have experienced similar symptoms or a friend or loved one has told you something like this about their MS in the past. A multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis can be life-changing but with the help of MS-UK people can live healthier and happier lives with MS.
If you or someone you love is affected by MS, you’ll know that life is not always straightforward, and being able to access the right support at the right time can make all the difference.
MS-UK is here to support anyone affected by MS on every step of their MS journey. For those times when you or your loved one have a question about MS or need emotional support, our helpline is just a call away. Our magazine, New Pathways provides essential information and the latest news and research in the comfort of your own home and MS-UK Online opens a world of accessible activities, exercise classes, and information sessions specially designed for you and others just like you.
Our small charity does not receive any Government or pharmaceutical funding to ensure that we remain independent and unbiased when serving the MS community. We rely completely on the generosity of our supporters to ensure we can deliver the services people need and ask for.
This year has been particularly challenging for us to raise funds. The cost-of-living crisis has led to a significant reduction in donations, whilst demand for our services has never been higher. Can you help? We know times are tough for everyone right now but even the smallest of donations this Christmas will help us make a real difference. We are determined to reach as many people affected by MS as we can and ensure they can depend on us when they need us in these uncertain times. With your support, we will ensure everyone receives the help they need when they need it most.
£25 will pay for a trained Helpline officer to support someone going through a very difficult time with information and an empathetic ear
£50 will pay for a counselling session to help someone struggling with their diagnosis enjoy life again
£100 will pay for 20 people living with MS to benefit from group exercise online or connect with others to help beat loneliness and isolation