By Matthew Collins
My MS journey started in 2008 when I started presenting symptoms, primarily finding it more and more difficult to walk. I wasn’t diagnosed though, until 2010 after a period when things didn’t improve. Diagnosis didn’t come as much of a surprise but was unwelcome nonetheless.
Being diagnosed with MS was a bit of a game changer having an effect on both those around me and me directly. I have been lucky to have had the support of my family throughout, and without them, things would be a lot tougher. It would be fair to say that there have been some really tough days for everyone but thankfully these have been few and far between. MS symptoms can be wide ranging and these can and do differ for the individual concerned. Living with MS can also affect those who support the people that live with the condition day in day out.
The complex nature of a condition like MS means that it is multifaceted in how it affects the individual. Research into the condition is essential so that MS is understood better and more effective treatments and therapies are developed. The work of the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre is essential in this regard.
MS affects more people in the UK than you think and life should not end because of a diagnosis. Having MS doesn’t mean you can no longer contribute to society in general. I think that everyone has something to contribute and a diagnosis of MS doesn’t necessarily mean that that should change.
I could write reams about MS, but to me, the diagnosis isn’t really important. It’s what you do about it that counts.