MS is different for everyone which is why I talk about ‘MY MS’

1. MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis.

2. It is a neurological condition which affects the brain, spinal cord and the nerves that connect them. The immune system stops working properly and essentially starts attacking healthy nerve covering called ‘Myelin.’

3. I’ve put ** next to the ones I experience most but symptoms can range from:

  • Pins and needles **
  • Fatigue **
  • Vision problems **
  • Pain
  • Balance issues and dizziness **
  • Stiffness and spasms
  • Tremors
  • Memory and thinking / Cognitive **
  • Speech
  • Emotional

4. There are THREE main types of MS

  • Relapsing-Remitting  [I have this one] This is also the most common with around 85% of people with MS being diagnosed with this type.
  • Secondary Progressive
  • Primary Progressive

5. MS affects three times MORE women than men and diagnosis is usually between 20 and 40 years old. [I was 22.]

6. CAUSES are unknown but it is said that it’s a combination of ENVIRONMENTAL and GENETIC factors which contribute to MS. General relapse triggers for me range from:

  • Stress
  • Heat
  • Over working myself – not just career wise but just doing ‘too much’
  • Late nights which result in poor sleep or under 8 hours
  • Sugary foods, excessive dairy intake and poor nutritional balance
  • Dehydration
  • Negative and depressive mindset

7. Medical Management: MS has no cure. [YET] although there are many options for managing it with and without medication. I take tablet daily now to manage the condition which is working well for me. I used to use an injectable medication three times a week.

8. Natural Management:

  • Vitamin D – I take Vitamin D supplements [5000iu]
  • Sleep – 8 hours of quality sleep every single night practically changed my life
  • Water – I drink approx 2.5L water a day
  • Nutrition – I follow a lifestyle made up of anti-inflammatory foods, Omega-3 rich and plenty of vegetables 80% of the time and then 20% I enjoy the foods I love!
  • Staying cool during hot weather. This is so important through the summer.
  • Exercise – Building strength and a general level of fitness,
  • Mindset – Adopting a positive, proactive and understanding mindset has been key for me since day one

9. MS isn’t always visible. For the past few years my MS has been 90% invisible. You probably won’t notice anything is bothering me and if you do it will often come across as I’m just tired. The specific symptoms which are experienced depend on where the Immune System decides to attack along the nerve covering [myelin].

10. MINDSET is everything. It’s important to work in conversation with your body, your mind included. MY life is lead primarily by passion and happiness from within. That then has a knock on effect in my approach to MS.