I went to MS Life in 2012, shortly before I was diagnosed.
It was the best thing I ever did.
I was full of trepidation before I went, but it was well worth the journey from Cardiff to Manchester.
This year it’s in London and I urge you to attend if you haven’t been to one before.
I was lucky enough to speak in-depth with a wonderful MS nurse, who guided me through the McDondald Criteria, my symptoms and my options. She answered all my questions and made me feel empowered, which was fantastic as I was due to have a meeting with my neurologist soon after.
With what we had spoken about, I felt a lot calmer for the neuro meeting in which I was subsequently diagnosed and DMT’s were brought up.
And that’s what it is all about – information.
I’m that kind of person, if I know what I’m up against, I’d like as much information as possible. I’m a ‘cover-all-bases’ peep.
Anyway, back to MS Life – a celebration of MS in all its guises. I collected my bag full of – information – and gathered even more information from various stalls (check out the MS Trust stand – it’s superb) before heading back to my hotel room and reading every single thing.
Knowledge is power. Everyone I met at the event was friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. No question was too small or seemingly insignificant.
I’d love to attend this year but sadly my finances are limited, however I’ll be keeping up to date with all the talks and events.
Please go, if you can. And if you do, could you snaffle me one of the bags you get when you register?