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Myself and my amazing husband Alex are jumping out of a plane on 30th May 2020 for World MS Day, in order to raise valuable funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Please donate as little or as much as you can, every penny counts.
Approx 100,000 people in the UK are currently living with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a challenging condition and is caused by the immune system attacking the Central Nervous System. No one knows why the body turns on itself and the results can be devastating.
The Central Nervous System controls the major functions of the body and mind so any damage to this vital system can be catastrophically life-changing for the individual.
Just wanted to dispel a few misconceptions about Multiple Sclerosis.
One: It's an older person disease. Incorrect, the majority of people initially diagnosed are in their twenties, can you imagine finding this out when you are just starting your exciting life into adulthood.
Two: MS can cause death. Incorrect, MS can cause a life time of disability and other complex problems but it cannot cause death. People who die generally have taken their own life as they can not go on living in constant pain, suffering with depression as well feeling they are a burden on their loved ones.
Three: Nothing can be done. Incorrect, new and exciting breakthroughs in MS research is occurring everyday. New cutting edge treatments are now available which mean that people can live a relatively normal life, they can work, have a family, travel and yes, jump out of a plane.
However, despite all this amazing research, we have not cracked it yet. We need more funds so the great work can continue in the realms of research, supporting individuals to live a full and productive life while keeping the conversation going.
Please give what you can so we can keep helping current MSers and also prevent the next generation suffering this terrible disease.
Thank you so much for reading!