WHAT IS MS AND WHAT DO THE MS SOCIETY DO?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. In MS, the coating that protects the nerves (myelin) is damaged, and this causes a range of symptoms. It can go from relapse/remission MS to progressive MS.
Once diagnosed, MS will stay with a person for life but treatments and specialists can sometimes help to manage the symptoms. There are over 100,000 people in the UK alone that suffer with MS and although there is no cure as yet, research is progressing fast.
The MS Society provide emotional, practical and financial support to those suffering with MS and extend this support to their carers and families.
They are currently trying to save the role of specialist MS Nurses who are not seen as a neccesity in a financially stretched NHS. For the 100,000+ people who suffer with MS in the UK, there are only approximately 276 MS nurses. To train and give a salary to an MS nurse it costs just over £40,000. The MS Society are trying to save, if not fund, some of those nurses.
Since 1956, they have also invested over £155 million in research and they will continue to do so until there is a cure for MS.
For more information about who the MS Society are and what they do, please click here to be taken to their website.
Take a look at the YouTube video below to see how the MS Society are changing lives.