Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults, usually diagnosed in people aged between 20 to 40. A recent MS Society survey indicated that there are at least 100,000 people living with MS in the UK. Only 20 years ago, a diagnosis of MS was assumed to mean a bleak future. Thankfully, times have changed. There is still no cure for MS, but due to ongoing research, new and better treatments have been developed. More is also understood about the role lifestyle can play in symptom management. If you, or someone you know, is diagnosed with MS, it is important to remember that no two people will experience exactly the same combination or range of symptoms. Use this book like a toolbox, pick out the relevant parts you may never need the rest. There is no denying that a diagnosis of MS will bring changes. But with the right medical treatment, support and advice, you can find your own unique balance between having this chronic condition and having a life.
Leonie Martin is a freelance writer who has published articles, fiction plus features on MS, both for the national MS Society and her local branch and its newsletter. She has also done work with Sheffield teaching hospitals and her local NHS Trust to raise awareness of MS. Leonie has had MS for nearly 20 years, though she was only diagnosed nine years ago. Leonie is a mother of two, and lives in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.