Paralympics Champion on living with MS
I was diagnosed in September 2014 and to begin with it was quite hard. I'd just done a placement, as I'm a physio student, so I saw a lot of stroke patients and MS patients and obviously saw the more severe end of things and it scared me. I was horrified that my life was going to be revolving around not being independent. But I managed to use sport to give me a goal and give me something I could control, and it was kind of what allowed me to get over it in a relatively short period of time.
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I would just say don't panic, and don't go scrolling through the internet to try and learn information. There's a lot of information out there that is very negative, you type things into Google and you tend to see the horrible side. I'd say try to find networks of people that have the condition, rather than seeing what you can find on the internet. It’s a lot better to speak to individuals who are living with the condition. Approach charities like the MS Trust that can signpost you to different kinds of networks that can help support you. And speak to your MS nurse. It is a very scary condition to have, especially when you're first diagnosed, but it's not as bad as what people think and especially in this day and age with all the research that's been done. So I'd just say don't panic, find a good network and communicate with people who have the condition.