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Try looking in the monthly archives. August 2016

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10 thoughtless comments we hear about MS – with possible answers

“Oh, that’s that yuppie thing, isn’t it?”
No, I have MS, multiple sclerosis, not ‘yuppie flu’ – that’s ME or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
“Pain isn’t a symptom associated with MS.”
Really? Many MS patients and doctors will tell you otherwise. No two MS patients […]

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Depression and chronic illnesses can go together

Although you can have one without the other, in very many cases depression and chronic illnesses do go hand in hand.
So, what diseases are we talking about? This list is by no means exclusive but it includes a few examples: […]

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Taxi drivers in trouble for refusing passengers with disabilities, one with MS, one with guide dog

Taxi drivers in south Wales, in the UK, are under fire for refusing to take passengers without good reason. And there is only one allowable good reason, according to Mathab Khan, the chair of the Cardiff Hackney Cabs Association, who […]

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Three disability assessors found wanting in attitude and conduct

Three nurses, all involved in assessing the seriousness of people’s disabilities, have been found to have breached professional ethics – all of which have been made public in quite a short period of time.
Just what is going on? People with […]

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Low fat vegetarian diet looks good for MS patients

How eating meat might possibly affect any disease, let alone multiple sclerosis, was the furthest thought from my mind as a child.
My family, as I was growing up, were all meat-eaters and this has continued throughout my journey into adulthood […]

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HSCT Is a Controversial MS Therapy. Would You Have It? I’ve Decided!

There is little doubt that HSCT is controversial as a treatment, and some even say a cure, for multiple sclerosis. Some talk of great benefits; others feel the risks involved are too high.
Then again, if you look at the side […]

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Taking care of a partner with a disability can be a labour of love

Perhaps the most overlooked people in the world of disabilities are not the people living with ds abilities but those living with them – the husband or wife who take cares of their loved one.
They are the family carers who […]

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Being defined by disability not by value

Just the other day, I was asked about the sort of reaction people get when their disability gets to the stage that they have to give up a work and then try to get employment that they could manage.
The question […]

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Wondering How MS Will Affect Me Today

Waking up in the morning and facing the world brings a sense of wonder. Not in the sense of awe, just in wondering how MS will affect me today.

Is it a good day or a bad day? What will it […]

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Asda to display invisible disabilities sign nationwide

Two days ago, I highlighted the appearance of a new sign for an accessible restroom in an Asda store in Bristol.
Although staying quiet at the time, Asda has now announced that the ‘not every disability is visible’ sign is being […]

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