Accessible garden design advice from Mark Lane, BBC Gardeners’ World presenter and wheelchair user.
“As a garden designer, I love the process of pulling together ideas, drawing up concepts, creating planting plans and selecting materials to use. I trained to become a garden/landscape designer; but I completely understand that faced with a blank canvas, an overgrown garden or downsizing to a patio, terrace or balcony can feel daunting.
If you love gardening but your body is starting to ache in areas that never ached before, you find yourself needing to use a walking frame, stick or wheelchair, or are keen to future-proof your home and garden, then what should be a wonderful creative past-time can turn into a nightmare of a project.” Read on.
If you have not yet been called by your GP surgery, you can book at a vaccination hub near you through the NHS website.
MS is listed in the “clinically vulnerable” category.
Book your covid vaccination here.
Poor sleep is common in people with multiple sclerosis, with about 50% of people with MS reported to experience some form of sleep disturbance. Despite this being well known, sleep disorders are under-diagnosed and under-treated in people with MS.
Poor sleep quality and quantity can impact daily life, causing daytime sleepiness, decreased concentration and memory, worsening depression, and the inability to work effectively. A lack of sleep can also lead to low energy levels or make pain, fatigue, and other symptoms of MS much worse.
The types of sleep problems that you may experience include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep (such as waking up during the night or not being able to fall back asleep immediately) and early awakening. Read on.
Source MS Trust: Listen to Breaking it down.
Covering all aspects of life with multiple sclerosis, our podcast features a combination of expert advice and real-life experiences from people with MS. Listen to Breaking it down – A multiple sclerosis podcast now via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and Google Podcasts. Find out more here.
Source MS Society: A new study has discovered a specific gene plays a major role in myelin repair becoming less effective as we age.
To stop MS from getting worse, we need to find ways to repair damaged myelin – the protective coating around nerves in our brains.
Although our bodies have the natural ability to repair myelin, this process breaks down in MS. Recently, researchers have discovered that ageing is a key cause of this breakdown. But they aren’t sure exactly why.
A new study published this week has started unravelling what happens to cause the natural myelin repair process to stop working properly when we get older. Read on here.
Source MS Society: I was in two minds about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Like many of us with MS, I had a lot of questions about COVID-19 vaccines. I ended up deciding to get the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and wanted to share a bit about how it went.
A bit about me and my MS
My government name is Janade, but please, we’re all friends so call me, JJ.
I’ve spent most of this lockdown trying to rebuild my strength and perfect more plant-based dishes. I’m also a very proud cat and plant mum.
I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS when I was 17. On a good day the fatigue, poor coordination and body aches can really slow down my day. On a bad day my body feels like I’ve been on a bender all week. Which wouldn’t be so bad if that was actually the case. Read on.
What3words has given every three metre square of the world a unique combination of three words. Used for e-commerce and delivery, navigation, emergencies and more, it uses the geocode system for the communication of locations, encoding coordinates into three dictionary words which are predefined. The MS Therapy Centre combination is: //referral.warm.lushly
Easter Egg Raffle, tickets £1 each or £5 strip. 3 prizes. Will be drawn after Easter, to allow people to buy tickets when we are fully open again from 12th April. If you won’t be in but would like a ticket, email Sue who will sort for you.