This post is a little different from the usual stuff I write about. I’m sharing a part of my life that I’ve never talked about on MUDFU. I was one years old when my mam, Martina was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
What is MS?
“Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological disorder of young adults and affects more than 9,000 people in the island of Ireland. MS is a disease that affects the motor, sensory and cognitive functioning of the body, usually diagnosed between 20 and 40 years of age. The variance in presence, severity and duration of symptoms coupled with the intermittent and progressive nature of MS impacts not only the person with MS but also family. There is no known cause or cure for MS.”
In layman’s terms imagine that there is a road between your brain and your nerves. Imagine that your brain sends messages to your nerves by car, so for example taking a step or picking up a glass. These messages become reflexes and instructions that are second nature. So when the road between your nerve and your brain starts to break the message aka the car takes longer to get there or stops altogether. This is MS.
How MS Ireland helped me.
I cannot explain how much Multiple Sclerosis Ireland has helped my family. Before my mam passed away a year and a half ago, Multiple Sclerosis Ireland offered so much help. They provided respite, a stay in their rehabilitation centre in Bushy Park. This gave my mam physiotherapy, professional care and not to mention a well needed break. When I was younger I attended trips organised for the children whose parents or family members were affected with MS. Which meant I got to know kids who were in similar family dynamics. These only touch on the services they provide, MS Ireland do so much more for families and people all over Ireland.
They are asking for your help. This year Multiple Sclerosis Ireland are launching a campaign. The campaign is called Kiss Goodbye To MS and they are asking you to take a selfie wearing red lippy or a red item of clothing or accessory. Then send ‘SMOOCH’ to 50300 to donate €4. Don’t forget to nominate your friends and family to take part.
Here is my red lipped selfie I want to see yours! For the month of February I want you to tag me in your red themed selfies on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to donate €4 by texting SMOOCH to 50300. All proceeds go to research and facilities!