A number of events have been organised to coincide with World Multiple Sclerosis day next Wednesday May 30 by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-West Regional Office.
A coffee morning and barbecue (weather permitting) will be held, starting at 11.30am. There will also be a raffle, books at €1 and a bucket collection.
This Friday, May 25, an event entitled Lifestyle Strategies to Help Treat MS, hosted by Conor Kerley will take place from 10.30am to 1.00pm and after lunch at 2pm a talk, Managing Relapses, will be presented by a MS Specialist nurse.
An Information session hosted by neurologist, Dr Peter Boers will take place on Friday June 1 for those newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Starting at 11, Dr Boers will give a presentation about medical updates and current relevant issues, followed by a question and answer session.
All events are open to people diagnosed with MS, their carers and families. The events are on at Tara house (MS regional office). There is no charge to attend any of the events and all are most welcome.
Carol MacKenzie, regional community worker responsible for Limerick and North Tipperary, says that the events have been organised to raise awareness of MS. Currently 480 people are registered with the MS Society Mid West region. They and their families avail of services such as physio-led exercise classes, monthly chiropody, art classes, upport groups (meet on a 6-weekly basis), electro-magnetic bed therapy and power plate, symptom management and information days, and a carers group
“Myself and my colleague, John McDonald, who is the regional community worker responsible for the Clare area are available to meet with people diagnosed with MS and assist them in making necessary referrals to other agencies for resources and services and to promote the well being of the person with MS Assistance and advice about arrangements for respite and counselling is something we can help with too,” said Ms MacKenzie.
There are approx 8,000 people living with/diagnosed with MS in Ireland.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). The presence, severity and duration of all symptoms of MS vary considerably from person to person. The unpredictable nature of the condition can sometimes make it harder to manage. Some of the symptoms of MS are immediately obvious. Reduced mobility is often the most visual symptom to onlookers. Other symptoms such as fatigue, changes in sensation, memory and concentration problems are often ‘hidden’ symptoms and can be difficult to explain to others.
The Mid-West regional office is located at Tara House, St Nessan’s Road, Limerick (approx 100 yards past the Crescent shopping centre on the left), Contact 061-303802/3, email: Midwest@ms-society.ie or go to www.ms-society.ie. The MS national information Line is 1850-233-233 (for immediate help and support)
Bobby Lynch was diagnosed with MS in 2008. He lives in Ballina Killaloe with his wife Antoinette and two sons, Conor and Jack.