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MS Society – Metartec’s charity of the month

06 October 2017

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 Metartec’s charity of the month for October is MS Society which has been chosen by our business development director, Steve

Why the MS Society?

In 1992, one of our colleagues’ friend Richard was a little late to meet his lift to work and he tried to run, but for some unexplained reason he could not. After a few more episodes of his body not responding to commands, he received the clinical diagnosis that he was suffering from MS.

At that time, the type of MS was not diagnosed. Richard kept his illness from friends and did not want to unduly worry his young family. Over time, the frequency of Richard’s relapses increased until it was confirmed that it was progressive.

The strain of such an illness with the prognosis means that some families are not equipped to deal with the strain either physically or emotionally. Now, Richard is 25 years post diagnosis and wheelchair bound, medically retired from his engineering job and back living with his mother who is retired but who tirelessly looks after him with a support network.

The guy is a real gentleman who likes to reminisce about the old times and nobody has ever heard Richard complain except maybe, if there are no female nurses when he has respite!

The highlight of the month can be a gathering of families, friends and fellow MS suffers to chat, discuss life, family and treatment. Such get togethers are sometimes the only social interaction outside of immediate family and carers that MS suffers have.

The MS Society arranges one to two meetings per month. These gatherings are run by volunteers and funded by donations. Metartec want to highlight the contribution of the people and help to make a difference this month to the MS Society. 

About the MS Society

The MS Society is community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers.

We understand what life’s like with MS, and we support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between.

And we’re driving research into more – and better – treatments. For everyone.

Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.

It is estimated that there are over 100,000 people with MS in the UK and Ireland, and that each year around 5,000 people are newly diagnosed with the condition. This means that around one in every 600 people has MS, and that each week, 100 people are diagnosed with MS.

Multiple Sclerosis is categorised into 4 types

·        Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)In relapsing remitting MS, people have distinct attacks of symptoms which then fade away either partially or completely. Around 85 per cent of people with MS are diagnosed with this type. 

·        Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS)Many people with relapsing remitting MS go on to have secondary progressive MS. It means they have a sustained build-up of disability, completely independent of any relapses.

·        Primary-Progressive MS (PPMS)Primary progressive MS affects about 10 to 15 per cent of people diagnosed with MS. Symptoms gradually get worse over time, rather than appearing as sudden attacks (relapses)

·        Benign MS (PRMS). If you have a small number of relapses followed by a complete recovery, you may be described as having benign MS. Benign MS can only be diagnosed retrospectively, after a period of at least 10 to 15 years. 

There are local groups and volunteers give people local support and information. National offices can be found in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. More information can be found via the MS Societies website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

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