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MS Ireland
12 Nov 2021

Readathon Avatar Competition

WIN €1000 WORTH OF BOOKS FOR YOUR SCHOOL

We already have 6 fab avatars who grace our website, but we reckon there’s room for one more. Here’s where you come in. We want you guys to design a new avatar to join the ranks alongside Pearl the Mermaid, Joan of Books the Warrior, Sir Readsalot the Knight, Bookie Monster, Cosmo the Cosmonaut and Dean the Dinosaur.

Nadia Anshasi
12 Nov 2021

MS AND PETS

What would you say if I told you that the best therapist has four legs and a wagging tail? Or that my best friend likes belly rubs and chasing after cats? You’d probably think I was crazy, but my closest companion happens to be my 8-year-old dog Alfie (he’s also known as Alfred when he gets into trouble!). He’s a cross between a Jack Russell Terrier and a Pug. His breed is more fondly known as a Jug! He’s the resident sock thief and postman patrol in our house and from the day he arrived, he’s left paw prints on all of our hearts.

Robert Joyce 2021
Robert Joyce
04 Nov 2021

MS and Mental Health

Thirty years ago, I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS. There were no treatments and the prospect for my future looked bleak. Mobility problems, the infamous MS hug and chronic fatigue were some of my early symptoms. I was 23 and looking forward to an exciting new career in London and it felt as if this bubble of optimism had been burst. Looking back, I did not have the mental tools to help me with such a life-altering diagnosis.

Declan
Declan Groeger
28 Oct 2021

Wheelathon: A moment in time

Whitney Houston sang about wanting ”One moment in time” and I’ve definitely wanted one moment when I’m more than I thought I could be. In fact, I believe that everyone deserves their own ‘moment in time’.

I was 64 on my last birthday and ‘celebrated’ my 33rd MSadversity shortly thereafter. I was never physical or sporty in my pre-MS life. I was never that way driven/focused and was happy just getting along. I never made the school teams, never wanted to climb a mountain or run a marathon but after the gravity of my MS diagnosis sank in, I wanted to keep going as long as I could. I wanted to be the best I could be.

MS & Me Bloggers Nadia Christine and Maggie
Christine Murphy
21 Oct 2021

MS IN FICTION

Would you be interested in reading a work of fiction with a character with MS in it? Or do you read to escape the reality of living with MS and don’t want to be reminded of it? Or maybe you believe it would be good to see more representation - to normalise it as a feature of life many of us have to deal with? There are a number of memoirs by people with MS including our own Trevis Gleeson's 'Chef Interrupted' but I have not come across many novels where the main character has MS. I set out to find out if such novels exist and came across three.

Sarah Condon
Sarah Condon
14 Oct 2021

MS, Exercise and Energy by Sarah Condon

“Energy creates energy”, is something my mum has always said.  I never realised how true this was until I was diagnosed with MS and had none.

Now don’t get me wrong, when fatigue hits me, I’m not jumping out of bed to get some exercise done. Far from it in fact, but ‘energy creates energy’ as a rule is, in general, a good one to follow.

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MS Ireland
13 Oct 2021

MS IRELAND ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's awards

Our Annual Awards are the Society’s way of recognising the contribution many of our members make within their families, local communities and MS Ireland.

Willeke Van Eeckhoutte 2021
Willeke van Eeckhoutte
07 Oct 2021

Preparing for your Neurology appointment

Nobody enjoys going back to the place where it all began, the room where you were told you had multiple sclerosis.

Your follow-up appointments don’t have to be an emotionally overwhelming time. If you go in prepared, you’ve won half the battle. Whether you’re a list-person, a cheat-note person or prefer to go in gung-ho with nothing, seeing your neurologist is the most important part of your treatment plan, so it deserves some work beforehand. Take it from someone born with a very practical minded streak who loves making plans, love schedules and lists!

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MS Ireland
05 Oct 2021

MS Readathon 2021

The MS Readathon is back!

  • One of Ireland’s oldest fundraisers, the famous MS Readathon is back for its 34th year.     
  • MS Ireland is hoping to replicate last year’s successful virtual campaign where almost 10,000 readers and over 300 schools took part.
  • The fundraiser provides vital services and supports to the 9,000 people in Ireland living with MS, he most common debilitating neurological condition affecting young adults in Ireland.

visit www.msreadathon.ie to sign up and support the MS Community

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