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World MS Day 2018

30 May 2018 Category:  Company

World MS Day 2018

Today, Wednesday, 30 May, marks World MS Day.

Today, Wednesday, 30 May, marks World MS Day, a day on which the MS community comes together every year to provide the public with information about MS and to raise awareness of how this disease affects the lives of more than 2.5 million people around the world.1

On World MS Day 2018 we’re sharing a series of videos that focus on ‘A day in the life of an MS Patient’.

We follow Olivia Kirwan, an MS patient and her family throughout the day. We see how Olivia balances family, household, and energy levels while living with MS.

In the first video Olivia shows us how her symptoms impact her daily routine and family dynamics. She gives us a glimpse of what her day is like living with MS from the moment the kids get up to the moment it's time for bed.

In the second video Olivia talks to us about how she manages her energy levels throughout the day in order to care for and spend time with her family.

In the third video Olivia talks to us about the end of a typical day and how spending time with her family, even though she’s tired, is important to her.

More about MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults and affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide,1 and around 100,000 people in the UK.2

MS is a disease of the central nervous system, meaning it affects the brain, spinal cord and nerves. In MS, the layer of fatty protein that protects the nerve cells becomes damaged. This disrupts the way in which the nerves communicate with the brain, leading to potentially wide ranging symptoms.

These include:

  • Loss of vision (usually only in one eye)
  • Fatigue (feeling tired during the day)
  • Spasticity (muscle stiffness and/or uncontrolled muscle movement)
  • Ataxia (difficulties with balance and coordination)

There is currently no cure for MS, and the way people are affected by the condition can vary significantly depending on how much damage has occurred to the nerve cells.

MS is complex and can cause many different symptoms, so it's not easy to diagnose. Most people won't experience them all, or may experience a combination of symptoms at the same time. MS is different for everyone.

Find out more about World MS Day https://worldmsday.org/

1 https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/prevalence-and-incidence-multiple-sclerosis accessed 10.04.18
2 http://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-is-ms accessed 10.04.18

Date of preparation: May 2018
Ref: UK/CPE/18/0053

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