My Dad was diagnosed with MS while I was a child. I still remember the day he sat down and told me, I had no Idea how bad MS was or how it was going to change our lives and yet it still tore me apart. Sitting here now typing this still breaks my heart and brings a tear to my eye.
For the past 20+ years I've seen MS take my father away from me, at first it was only really fatigue that was noticeable and a few days where he wasn't great on his legs. As time went on he lost the ability to drive and eventually even walk or feed himself. MS has also damaged his brain wiping out his short term memory and his ability to talk. This has been the biggest impact on me, not being able to speak to him, ask him questions and all the things a son should be able to ask his father. I regret not making the most of the last good years with him while I still had the chance.
My Mum cares for my Dad 24/7 which really takes it's toll on her, she's stubborn though and does everything she can for him. I chose MS-UK and the London Marathon to show my support for my family and to raise as many funds for such a supportive MS charity that gets the majority of its funding through the London Marathon Charity places.
Please show your support with whatever you can donate.
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MS-UK was established in 1993, and is a national charity dedicated to empowering people with multiple sclerosis to make the most of today, and live life to the full.MS-UK put people affected by MS at the heart of the work that they do. They provide high quality, professional services to support people living with multiple sclerosis, and they listen to people affected by MS.