There are over 100,000 people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the UK today. Around 100 more are diagnosed every week.
MS is a lifelong condition that affects the central nervous system. People are most often diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. They have to manage a range of symptoms, make difficult decisions about treatments and face an unpredictable future.
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week takes place throughout the country this week. Health organisations are working together and supporting the campaign to make sure everybody affected by the condition has access to the help and support they need.
This week, The Multiple Sclerosis Trust has launched a campaign to strengthen the case to increase the number of specialist MS nurses and therapists to provide treatment for those living with the condition.
As well as pledging your support for the campaign by signing up, you can also get actively involved on social media. Do you have MS and experience great support and care from a specialist nurse, occupational therapist, or physiotherapist? If yes, then why not visit the MS Trust Facebook page and share your story? The campaign is also encouraging you to take a selfie of you and those healthcare professionals who make a difference in your life. Similarly, if you don’t feel you’re getting the support you need or don’t have access to MS specialists, you can email [email protected] or call 01462 476733 with your story.
If you’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and have a GP in East Berkshire, you can find out what help and support is available locally via The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website.