FEATURE PIECE - MS UKBy Niamh Duffy -
MS-UK asks people to spread a positive message for MS Awareness Week 2017
Approximately 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis, and MS-UK is a national charity dedicated to empowering people with multiple sclerosis to make the most of today, and live life to the full.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). The central nervous system cells are covered in a protective layer of fatty protein called the myelin sheath (a bit like the insulation on an electrical cable).
MS is an auto-immune disease, where the immune system gets confused and instead of attacking an infection or virus, it turns on itself and attacks this protective sheath. This process is called demyelination. The demyelination disrupts the ‘messages’ being transmitted from and to the brain, causing them to slow down, become distorted or not get through at all.
How MS-UK can help
The MS-UK Helpline
The MS-UK Helpline is staffed by trained Advisors to provide all the information you may need to make your own decisions. MS-UK will never advise a course of action or make recommendations, but will give you access to as much information as you want so that you’re able to make choices that are right for you. You can access the Helpline by calling 0800 783 0518 or by using the live web chat service at www.ms-uk.org/livewebchat. MS-UK also offers an interpreting service for people who speak limited or no English at all. You can access this at www.ms-uk.org/helpline.
From information about diagnosis through to symptoms and treatment information, the MS-UK Choices leaflets are available to download online at www.ms-uk.org/choicesleaflets. All of the leaflets are available in PDF format and plain text Word format.
New Pathways magazine
New Pathways is the bi-monthly magazine from MS-UK and is available in print or digital format together with accessible versions as audio CD or large print plain text.
Each issue contains the latest news on multiple sclerosis research and treatments, information on living with MS and personal stories and testimonies of people living life to the full with MS.
You can subscribe to the magazine online at www.ms-uk.org/newpathways or search for the ‘My MS-UK’ app in your app store to read the digital version instantly.
Josephs Court is the MS-UK wellness centre based in Colchester, Essex. Offering a range of activities, the centre has specialised equipment designed to create strength and muscle tone and improve the general fitness of people affected by multiple sclerosis. You can find out more online at www.ms-uk.org/josephscourt.
Watch a short film about MS-UK at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWdXloSD8gs
How to support MS Awareness Week
MS-UK is asking people to add their #SmilesWithMyles Twibbon to their profile pictures of Facebook or Twitter to show their support for MS Awareness Week 2017.
Myles is the MS-UK mascot, and he spreads a positive message about living life to the full and making the most of today. Myles has his own Instagram account, and ‘mini Myles’ bears have travelled the world with MS-UK supporters.
Add the Twibbon by visiting https://twibbon.com/Support/smileswithmyles
Follow Myles on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/myles_msuk/
Find out more at http://www.ms-uk.org/Myles