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  • Spotlight

    • DLA to PIP
      Well, this morning's post brought the DWP letter I have been expecting for about two years! Yep, you've got it, would I like to apply for PIP as the DLA is ending. I feel like I might be the last person on the planet to get the letter, but probably not! Having sorted out the various requirements needed to make the initial call, and having referred to the members-only guides on the Benefits&Work site ...
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    • Talking to others about your MS
      As some of you know, I have been writing and talking about my MS since I was diagnosed in 2007. One thing I was glad I did back then was tell people that I had MS. This is probably not something anyone should suggest or recommend to others just diagnosed. For myself, it turned out to be a good decision. It's a strange thing, when you tell most people they simply don't understand ...
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    • How We With MS Feel...
      When we say we can't do something because we don't feel well, put yourself in our shoes by using the examples of our symptoms below...
      Painful heavy legs: Apply tightly 20 lb ankle weights and 15 lb thigh weights, then take a 1 mile walk, clean the house, go shopping and then sit down - how ya' feeling now? ...
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    • The Spoon Theory
      Christine Miserandino wrote “The Spoon Theory” as a means of trying to describe to her best friend how it feels to be disabled and not as healthy as they are.

      Although “The Spoon Theory” is about Lupus, it can apply to MS or any other such condition just as well.

      You can read it in PDF format here ...
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    • The requested Gumption
      Gumption’s great! Lots of folk have loads of it, some have none. It’s essential, it’s something money can’t buy and it’s immensely valuable. You don’t just automatically have this stuff. Gumption is like a reservoir. You start off with a little and by playing your cards right you may gain a little bit more. Once you are all topped up with gumption you can tick along quite nicely. ...
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    • Letter To Normals
      Having MS means many things change, and a lot of them are invisible. Unlike AIDS and cancer, most people do not understand even a little about MS and its effects and, of those that think they know, many are actually mis-informed. In the spirit of informing those who wish to understand... These are the things that I would like you to understand about me before you judge me...
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  • Latest Posts in Topics

    • Stumbler
      My barber used to suggest pensioner rates to me, when I used to go in there at various times through the day.   I used to ask him if he was having a laugh - I'd retired at the age of 50!    I just used to tender the same amount as usual, telling him to keep the change........ as usual!  
    • Stumbler
      And a merry Xmas to you too, @ptlike  and all our readers.    
    • ptlike
      Hi well i go to my local fish and chip restaurant quite often and i get seniors rate. I am not a senior citizen and have never asked for, i was taking the price deduction as a nice gesture until someone said you obviously look old enough to qualify ha. My ex mother inlaw when offered senior rate for swimming 20 years ago complained ha. Would you be offended?   merry christmas, Peter    
    • ptlike
      Haha John I wonder.   Merry xmas all Peter
    • Nick
      An interesting point Shirl,   Voting for your local MP should be a matter of what they can do for their constituents, rather than looking at party politics. I've just moved and my own MP now, is a pretty impressive hard working man, taking local issues as his priority.  I shall vote on the person rather than the party, when the next round of elections come along. Anyway I've been following 'Dead Ringers' on Radio 4, a must if you want to get away from any serious thoughts on politics.    Hope the dental appointment goes OK Shirl,   Nick 
    • Shirl
      Fab! I read @Stumbler's reply in my mail inbox, followed the link to it, scrolled up, much relieved to discover the thread is about our PM, not a deceased Saint. You've made me smile on a day when a dental appointment is my no1 priority.   Re MPs and their workload, don't forget their proven record of fallibility - expenses scandal, extra-marital affairs, etc. They are  a microcosm of society at large. I have hope for the future in my local MP. Totally approachable, reliable and hard-working. He's just become Minister for Universities (and other departments in the BEIS umbrella). He is an author in his 'spare time', very much a rising star. When we focus on persons who are MPs, it's easier to appreciate their commitment. And yes/no, I wouldn't want to be in May's famous shoes.
    • Stumbler
      I wonder what Mother Teresa's monthly overtime bill looks like?   
    • Nick
      Great Post Peter, What amazes me is the stamina that Politicians need to endure to face the extreme stresses of high office. Who indeed would want to be in Mr's Mays shoes right now?  Churchill once said,  'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others', and that is the situation in Parliament right now where you are seeing a massive dilemma being played out in democratic fashion.  It's all chaotic, but that's life, give it some time and I'm sure it will all work out.  I don't follow , I'm a celebrity,  But my monies on William & Harry and their fab (Royal) families.    Nick 
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About Us

Founded in 2004, MS People UK is a non-profit website and discussion forum by and for people with Multiple Sclerosis as well as for friends, families, supporters and those interested in this disabling condition.

If you’re newly diagnosed or want to ask about possible first symptoms, or if you’ve had Relapse Remit, Secondary or Primary Progressive MS for some time, a welcoming group of fellow MS sufferers is here to chat with you about MS symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

The community atmosphere is friendly whilst being compassionate, supportive and caring. Members also post about a variety of subjects not related to MS, as well as share jokes, talk about their hobbies, have fun, and more.

The MS People Forum is not responsible for advice or information supplied by members. We suggest you seek medical advice before trying anything.