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Campaign to raise awareness of MS

Campaign to raise awareness of MS

Monday 19 April 2021

Campaign to raise awareness of MS

200 people live with MS in the Bailiwick, and a campaign has been launched to help raise awareness of the many different symptoms and the way it impacts people's lives.

Today marks the start of this year’s MS Awareness Week, the theme of which is ‘Let’s Talk MS’.

Debbie Robilliard, Clinical Nurse specialist for MS, said it can be challenging for people to talk about a recent diagnosis or find the right words to describe their symptoms to an employer.

"A lot of people in our community will have no idea about Multiple Sclerosis or MS for short and the impact it has on people’s lives on a daily basis," she said. 

"The purpose of this week is to raise awareness of MS and to help those who have the condition have the confidence to speak about their stories and how MS impacts their everyday lives.

"There are approximately 200 people living with MS in the Bailiwick right now, all with different symptoms, most of which will be hidden. Just taking a few moments to listen to their stories and gaining an understanding of this condition, will undoubtedly help those with the condition to be able to live well with MS in our community."

Over the course of the week there will be information on MS from health professionals who work in this field and we will hear the stories of islanders who live with MS.

Disability Officer Gill Evans said: "It is great that we can raise awareness of this national campaign by focussing on local support. Throughout the week you will also see information from the Guernsey Branch of the MS Society charity."

Pictured: Some people with MS choose to use wheelchairs or scooters to do certain things because of the symptoms associated with their condition. 

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