Be Bold in Blue this MS Awareness Week!
Following our recent post about MS Week 2012, Jo Sopala from the MS Trust writes a guest post about the ins and outs of MS and reveals some creative ways you can get involved.
More than 100,000 people have multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK and 57 more people are diagnosed each week. It is a lifelong, debilitating condition which is extremely variable and unpredictable. MS is usually diagnosed in young adults between the ages of 20 and 30, just as people are making life choices about careers, family and relationships.
For many people living with MS it is the unpredictability that they find most difficult to deal with; when no two days are the same, how can you plan for the future? No one can take away that uncertainty, but the MS Trust can provide the facts and help people better understand their MS.
The MS Trust is a national charity dedicated to making life better for people living with MS by providing them with free information and by training the health professionals who work with them. We run a personalised enquiry service, with someone at the end of the phone to answer people’s questions about their MS. We also provide information via our website, publications and newsletters. In 2011, we sent out 65,357 books, factsheets and DVDs to help people manage their MS.
We rely on our supporters who fundraise for us and make donations. The help we provide for people with MS depends on their efforts and generosity. This MS Awareness Week, why not help us make life better for the 100,000 people living with MS in the UK by taking part in our Be Bold In Blue campaign www.mstrust.org.uk/blue. Last year lots of people supported us by Being Bold In Blue in a variety of ways: some held blue quizzes or blue themed dinner parties and one supporter even made blue spaghetti! Many people dressed up in blue outfits and lots of people held cake stalls, with a blue theme, of course. If blue is not your colour, visit www.msawarenessweek.org.uk to see how else you can get involved in raising awareness of MS.
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. We hope you’ll be inspired to take part and look forward to seeing some brilliant Be Bold In Blue photos!
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