19th April 2021 marks the start of this year’s MS Awareness Week.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Talk MS’ as we know it can be challenging for people to talk about a recent diagnosis or find the right words to describe their symptoms to an employer etc.
Debbie Robilliard, Clinical Nurse specialist for MS told Channel Eye: “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. 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 approx. 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”.
Throughout the week we will be sharing some short films on our social media channels to provide some more information on MS from health professionals who work in this field along with islanders’ stories.
Gill Evans, Disability Officer 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”.
More information can be found here.