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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Posted by Mike Phipps on April 21, 2022

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This year, Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is taking place from 25 April to 1 May.

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating illness that can affect people in many different ways. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing the condition, which is why it is so important to raise awareness and educate people about MS. 

The MS Awareness Week provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get involved and show their support.

Introduction To Multiple Sclerosis

The exact cause of MS is unknown, but it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Symptoms of MS can vary greatly from person to person, and may include fatigue, numbness, difficulty walking, and vision problems.

Multiple sclerosis can be a difficult condition to manage because it is so unpredictable. Symptoms can come and go, and they can change over time. What works for one person might not work for another, so it can be hard to know what to expect.

Managing The Condition

A doctor in a white coat sitting behind a desk. One hand is on a laptop, the other is making some notes on a clipboard

One of the best ways to manage MS is to stay informed and work with a doctor to create a treatment plan. It’s also important to stay positive and manage stress, as stress can often worsen symptoms.

There are many resources available to help those living with MS to live a full and healthy life, so it’s important that people reach out and ask for help when it’s needed. 

A screenshot of the Multiple Sclerosis Medical Article

If you would like to find out more about multiple sclerosis, you can read our article about MS if you click here!

Why It's Important To Raise Awareness About MS

Raising awareness about MS is important for a number of reasons:

Firstly, it helps to reduce any stigma surrounding the disease. MS is often a misunderstood condition and people often shy away from topics they simply don’t understand.

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Second, awareness-raising can help to generate more research funding. The more people are aware of MS, the more likely they are to donate to research efforts.

An illustration that shows the top of a table – there are lots of books on it, as well as a light and a plant

And finally, awareness-raising can help to educate people about the condition and how it affects those who live with it.

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get involved and show their support. There are a number of ways to do this, including:

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  • Sharing information about MS on social media
  • Donating to MS research
  • Supporting a friend, or family member with MS
  • Volunteering for an MS charity

The MS Society logo

During MS Awareness Week, organisations across the country work to increase public knowledge about MS and help people living with the condition. If you would like to get involved, you can check out the MS Society if you click here!

Support And Guidance

Multiple sclerosis is a serious and potentially debilitating disease. Fortunately, there are many treatments available that can help people manage the symptoms and improve their quality of life. However, there is still much to learn about MS, and it is crucial that we continue to support research into this disease.

If you would like to learn more about MS, or if you know someone who has been diagnosed with the illness, there are many resources available to help you. The MS Society is a great place to start.

The MS Society provides information and support for people living with MS, as well as funding for research into the causes and treatments of the disease. You can also visit your local library, or search online for more information.

Mobility Aids To Help

Depending on the stage the MS has reached, there are many mobility aids that can help. Some mobility aids worthy of mentioning include:

Ezy-Up Trouser Assist Dressing Aid

The Ezy-Up Trouser Assist Dressing Aid and a picture showing how to use it

The Ezy-Up Trouser Assist Dressing Aid is a great way to get dressed without having assistance.

It can be used for trousers, tracksuit bottoms, underwear and many other items. The long length of this aid eliminates the need for any bending, or stretching. The device helps a person to line up clothing at the right angle and then helps to pull the item of clothing over legs.

Wade Dignity Sloped Plate

3 different colours of the Wade Dignity Sloped Plate

This daily living aid promotes independent living and dignity at mealtimes.

The Wade Dignity Sloped Plate is a sleek and stylish plate and is the perfect solution for people with limited hand dexterity, or strength.

The sloped edge allows a person to eat meals more easily, as the sloped edge allows you to push your food against it and therefore allows for one handed eating.

This daily living aid promotes independent living and dignity at mealtimes.

Wade Two Handled Soup Bowl

Wade Two Handled Soup Bowl

The Wade Two Handled Soup Bowl is an excellent mobility aid for those who struggle to eat with standard crockery and tableware.

The extended rim of the bowl makes it easier than ever before, while still having a traditional appearance that looks very much like standard eating utensils.

So, get involved this Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week and help make a difference! Together, we can improve the lives of those living with MS.