The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland ("MS Ireland") is a charity, registered in Ireland as CHY05365, with its head office at 80 Northumberland Road, Dublin, Ireland, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should know what information we collect and how we use it.
The objectives for which MS Ireland exists are:
· to facilitate people with MS to control their lives and environment, to live with dignity and participate in the community,
· to provide support for the families and carers of people with MS,
· to co-operate with the medical, scientific, social and caring professions to promote scientific research into the cause of, cure for and management of MS, and the alleviation of medical and social symptoms,
· to exchange and disseminate information relating to MS, and
· to provide an identifiable focal point by developing an efficient, effective and caring organisation to serve the needs of people with MS.
MS IRELAND is committed to protecting the privacy of people who use our services, employment candidates and current employees, contacts, fundraisers, business partners, and other third parties we deal with, such as family members.
This Privacy Statement details how MS IRELAND collects, uses, discloses, transfers and stores your personal information. It applies to personal data about you that we collect, use and otherwise process in connection with your relationship with MS IRELAND.
MS IRELAND is a nationwide charity that operates from its headquarters in Northumberland Road in Dublin, the MS Care Centre at 65 Bushy Park Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, and through employed regional workers and offices. MS IRELAND also has a network of Voluntary Branches, each of which processes personal data submitted to it directly and/or through a client's consent when he or she has ticked the "I would like my details sent to the nearest Voluntary Branch" on MS IRELAND's Lifetime Membership Form or the MS Care Centre Contract of Care. Any personal information processed by MS IRELAND in connection with this Privacy Statement is ultimately controlled by a MS IRELAND as the "data controller" as provided for under the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), the Irish Data Protection Acts, 1988 to 2018, and the Data Protection Commission (DPC) Guideline for the Charity and Voluntary Sector.
The elected Secretary of each Voluntary Branch is the controller of the personal data processed in that branch.
You may request information about the personal data that MS IRELAND holds about you by emailing us at email@example.com or writing to us at 80 Northumberland Road, Dublin, Ireland.
Please note that throughout this Privacy Notice the word "website" refers to https://www.ms-society.ie.
1. INFORMATION COLLECTED BY USING MS IRELAND WEBSITE
1.1 You are not required to provide any personal information to access public areas of MS IRELAND's website.
1.2 However, when you visit the MS IRELAND website we record your IP address and details of your visit, including the date and time. An IP address is an assigned number, similar to a telephone number, which allows your computer to communicate over the internet. In addition to your IP address the following technical information will also be collected: your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform, information about your visit including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from the website (including date and time), pages viewed, download errors, page interaction information (such as scrolling clicks) and methods used to browse away from the website.
1.3 MS IRELAND uses this IP information for its legitimate interests to compile statistical data on the use of our website and to track how users navigate through our website in order to enable us to evaluate and improve.
1.4 Personal information such as names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal data relating to services that we are providing to you will only be collected from users of the website who voluntarily input such information.
1.5 Focus Limited website designer in Bristol, England, acts as a data processor for MS Ireland in relation to the MS IRELAND website. In this capacity, Focus has sight of data regarding: donations, staff, the personal information of clients (including names, addresses, email addresses), enquiries and memberships.
2. CONTACT SALESFORCE DATABASE
2.1 We may retain information you have provided us with in MS IRELAND's contact database. Information that we typically hold in our database includes:
2.1.1 your contact information, including your name; job title; organisation's name; address; phone number(s), email address(es) and other identification information;
2.1.2 the area(s) that you have an interest in,
2.1.3 historical fundraising activity for MS IRELAND.
2.2 Once your details are included in MS IRELAND's contact database we may also record details of any:
2.2.1 MS IRELAND's mailing lists you have subscribed to or unsubscribed from;
2.2.2 mailings (including services updates and event invitations) we have sent you;
2.2.3 hyperlinks you have clicked in any mailing that we have sent you;
2.2.4 meetings we have held with you;
2.2.5 event invitations you have replied to; and
2.2.6 events you have attended.
2.2.7 your care records.
2.3 From time to time we may ask you by email to review your contact details and preferences, and update them as necessary. This not only helps us to keep the contact information we hold about you up-to-date, it also ensures that we only send you information that you have requested and/or is relevant to you.
3. INTERACTIONS WITH MS IRELAND
We retain personal information relating to interactions between MS IRELAND and people who use our services, clients, job applicants and current employees, contacts and business partners, including information relating to the services that we provide. We only retain information that is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Statement.
4. PROCESSING OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
4.1 MS IRELAND, in the MS Care Centre, the regional offices, and throughout its network of Volunteer Branches, will only collect and process personal information where it has a legal basis for doing so. This includes where MS IRELAND is providing a service to you or fulfilling a Care Centre or Regional Office contract with you, where MS IRELAND has to comply with a legal duty, where you consent to the collection and use, where MS IRELAND has a legitimate interest in collecting and processing the personal information, or where the processing is necessary in the public interest. When personal information is processed, the basis of processing will be in accordance with relevant Irish and EU data privacy laws, our legal obligations and to meet our information security requirements.
4.2 MS IRELAND uses personal information which we have collected from you in order to:
4.2.1 provide you with a more tailored and effective service and/or care;
4.2.2 perform analysis aimed at improving our products, services and technologies for people with MS;
4.2.3 communicate with you through certain mandatory service communications such as welcome letters, appointment reminders and our terms and conditions;
4.2.4 communicate with you in connection with any services that we are providing to you and otherwise perform the services for you that you have engaged us to provide;
4.2.5 ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and applicable law;
4.2.6 provide updates and newsletters, including our MS News magazine by mail and our electronic newsletter, and invitations to events and meetings;
4.2.7 carry out administrative purposes (including within the MS IRELAND regional offices and the network of Voluntary Branches), which may include, for example, accounting and billing, auditing and identification checking;
4.2.8 undertake systems testing, maintenance and development in order to ensure network and information security;
4.2.9 to let you know ways you can get involved in our fundraising and campaigns;
4.2.10 when you are making a donation, registering for a campaign or event, as appropriate, you may be asked to provide personal details such as name, email address, postal address, phone number or payment information as needed;
4.2.11 prevent fraud; and
4.2.12 market our services and products to you where MS IRELAND has a legitimate interest or you have consented to us doing so and in accordance with your preferences.
4.3 MS IRELAND will only collect, use and otherwise process information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs or relating to your health or sexual orientation or otherwise which is treated by applicable data protection laws as a "sensitive" or "special" category of personal information, where and only to the extent that you have given your explicit consent unless we are otherwise permitted or required to collect, use and process such information under applicable data protection laws, including but not limited to where this is necessary in connection with providing our agreed services to you.
4.4 Any data collection that is optional will be made clear to you. However MS IRELAND may need to collect and process personal information for certain legal compliance purposes or in order to perform certain services for you, including compliance with legal requirements relating to our anti-fraud, anti-money laundering or 'know your customer' obligations. If you choose not to give us this personal information then it may delay or prevent MS IRELAND from meeting MS IRELAND's obligations or it may mean that MS IRELAND cannot perform certain services for you. MS IRELAND will advise you if this is the case.
5. MARKETING and INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS by MS IRELAND
5.1 We may wish to use the personal information that we collect about you to provide you with relevant marketing communications. This may include sending tailored direct marketing and information e-mails and other communications relating to our services or those of our MS IRELAND regional offices or Voluntary Braches, and sending you invitations to seminars and other events related to the care of yourself or your family member.
5.2 We shall only send such marketing communications to you to the extent that doing so is in the legitimate business interests of MS IRELAND or where you have consented to us doing so. As set out in the Data Subjects Rights table below, you may withdraw that consent at any time by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, each electronic communication that you receive shall have a very clear "unsubscribe" option, which will allow you to stop receiving similar communications in the future.
6. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION
6.1 MS IRELAND shares data between our regional offices and our Voluntary Branches, where necessary, for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Statement. MS IRELAND ensures that your personal information is shared in accordance with applicable data protection laws, at all times providing protection to your personal information and your rights.
7.1 MS IRELAND has relationships with third parties in order to provide services for people with MS, such as medical professionals. In some instances we may disclose your personal information to third parties where this is necessary to perform the services for which you have engaged MS IRELAND or otherwise in furtherance of an outsourcing or other data processing arrangement. In those circumstances MS IRELAND will ensure that the third party is contractually bound to only process personal information in accordance with applicable data protection laws and with MS IRELAND's specific instructions and requirements, and at all times in a manner that protects your rights under applicable data protection laws. Our suppliers and service providers will be required to meet our standards on processing information and security. The information we provide them, including your information, will only be provided in connection with the performance of their function. They will not be permitted to use your information for any purposes other than those outlined in this Privacy Statement.
7.2 In relation to any other third parties, MS IRELAND will only disclose or transfer your information where you have given your consent or where we are required to do so by law or other regulatory code or practice.
7. TRANSFER OF INFORMATION ABROAD
8.1 In very rare circumstances, personal data may be transferred to or accessed from countries whose laws provide a level of protection for personal data, not always equivalent to the level of protection that may be provided in your own country. In particular if you are located inside the European Economic Area ("EEA") your personal information may be transferred to a country outside of the EEA.
8.2 MS IRELAND ensures that cross border transfers comply with all relevant laws and regulations and in addition, we enforce the highest privacy and data management standards across all our offices through MS IRELAND Data Protection Policy. A copy of that policy may be obtained by contacting MS IRELAND at email@example.com.
8.3.1 you have expressly consented to the transfer of personal information;
8.3.2 the transfer is necessary for the performance of the services for which MS IRELAND has been engaged or the conclusion or performance of a contract concluded in your interests; or
8.3.3 the transfer is otherwise permitted by applicable data protection laws,
MS IRELAND will only transfer your personal information to a country that is deemed to have an adequate level of protection under the applicable data protection law or otherwise where MS IRELAND has put in place adequate safeguards to protect the personal information. In particular where MS IRELAND sends your personal information outside of the EEA, MS IRELAND shall only do so where the recipient of the information is subject to:
8.3.4 binding corporate rules;
8.3.5 standard data protection clauses approved under applicable law;
8.3.6 an approved code of conduct; or
8.3.7 an approved certification mechanism.
8.4 Further details on the safeguards adopted by MS IRELAND may be obtained by contacting MS IRELAND at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. DATA RETENTION
MS IRELAND shall only retain your personal information for so long as there is a reasonable need to retain the information for the purposes set out in this Privacy Statement. Further details on MS IRELAND's policy in relation to retention periods can be found in our Record Retention Policy. A copy of that policy may be obtained by contacting MS IRELAND at email@example.com.
The MS Care Centre is registered as a provider by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and complies with HIQA's Information Management Standards for National Health and Social Care Data Collections.
9. PROTECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
MS IRELAND is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, across all of our computer systems, networks, website, mobile phones, regional offices and Voluntary Branches.
Data Subject Rights
You have rights in respect of the personal data that we collect and process concerning you.
You are entitled to details concerning the processing of your personal data. This includes details of the data being processed, the purposes of the processing, any recipients of your data, the period for which the information is processed, the source of the information, any international transfers of the information and how we protect it. You may also request details of any automated decision making, including profiling, of your personal data.
You are entitled to a copy of the personal data we process about you.
You are entitled to have any incomplete and inaccurate personal information held by us corrected on request.
Right to be Forgotten
In some cases, you may request to have your personal data erased where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected and/or processed or you withdraw consent to our use of it.
We may advise that we must continue processing your data if there are grounds other than your consent for processing your data, where processing is in compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the exercise or defense of legal claims.
You can ask us to restrict the processing of data MS IRELAND holds about you if you dispute the accuracy of the data we process about you or if you have objected to the grounds upon which we process the information.
Where you have asked us to restrict processing the information we shall only hold, process and erase the information as permitted by you or as permitted by the Data Protection Acts, 1988 to 2018 or the GDPR. We will advise you if we do not agree with your request.
Where processing of your data is carried out by automatic means, you are entitled to receive a copy of that information in a machine-readable format and for that to be provided to another data controller, where technically possible.
You may object to MS IRELAND collecting, using and otherwise processing your personal data where the basis for the processing is MS IRELAND's legitimate interests or the processing is in the public interest. In such circumstances we shall cease processing your personal information unless we are legitimately processing the information on a different basis, there are compelling legitimate grounds for continuing to process the personal information, or we are otherwise permitted to under applicable data protection laws, which MS IRELAND will so advise.
Where you have given us consent to process your personal data for any of the purposes outlined in this Privacy Statement and we have no other legal basis for processing, you shall be entitled to withdraw that consent.
Right to Complain
If you have concerns or complaints regarding this Privacy Statement or the manner in which MS IRELAND collects, uses and otherwise processes your personal data we would like to hear from you.
If you consider that we have not processed your data according to these rights and we have not addressed your complaint in this regard, you are entitled to lodge a complaint in Ireland to the Data Protection Commission at www.dataprotection.ie.
This Privacy Statement may be updated from time to time.
The current version of this Privacy Statement can be found on the MS IRELAND website or may otherwise be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This policy aims to inform MS Ireland website users that cookies are used on the website and how to go about opting out of cookie usage.
This policy applies to all visitors to the MS Ireland website
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer by the websites that you visit. Cookies enable some information about your visit to be recorded and enable websites to recognise a user anonymously based on the information stored in the cookie.
Cookies can be either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’. Session cookies are only stored for the duration of usage of the site and are deleted once the browser is closed. Persistent cookies can remain on your computer for longer specified periods.
There are two types of cookies: First-party cookies that are set by the site you are visiting and Third-party cookies which are set by other sites that have features embedded on the site you are visiting – such as advertisements or YouTube videos.
We use the following local cookies:
• Google Analytics to track users as they navigate the website – these cookies are named: _utma, _utmt, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz
• AddThis – provides access to social sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, etc
• Cookies to allow use of the shopping cart and to process payments
We also use Third-party cookies:
• YouTube to embed video content into our site
• DoubleClick and Google Analytics to allow us to advertise and monitor performance on Google
Cookies can be controlled through the settings on your browser, use the link specific to the browser you use to get information on how to do this.
There are a variety of free tools available that you can use to block cookies to help protect your online privacy. These are listed here for information purposes and do not represent an endorsement of any particular product.
If you have any questions in relation to this Privacy Statement please contact us at email@example.com.
NEW Research shows that 44% of Irish people have poor understanding of the symptoms and nature of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research study commissioned by MS Ireland and Novartis Ireland to mark World MS Day 2019 explores the public’s awareness of the visible and invisible symptoms of MS 93% of people in Ireland claim to be aware of MS, more than 44% consider their understanding of the symptoms and details of the condition to be poor with nearly one third of respondents unable to list any symptoms related to MS.1 This new research conducted in April 2019 by IPSOS/MRBI, was revealed to mark World MS Day on 30th May 2019 by MS Ireland and Novartis who join with MS organisations around the world as part of the ‘My Invisible MS’ (#MyInvisibleMS) campaign exploring public awareness around the invisible symptoms of MS and the impact it can have on day to day life. Although more than a third of the population (37%) claim to have a family member, friend, or loved one living with MS, and 66% of people in Ireland believe they have a good understanding of MS, there are still some key aspects of the condition that remain unclear.1 When asked if MS was more prevalent amongst men or women, almost half (45%) of participants responded that MS affects men and women equally. In fact, MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men. Nine thousand people and their family members live with Multiple Sclerosis across Ireland. Although MS is a progressive neurological condition that can affect a person’s health, lifestyle and relationships, many people with MS find ways to manage and cope with many of the effects and difficulties. Symptoms vary from person to person and each person is affected by the condition differently. Some of the symptoms of MS are immediately obvious. Reduced mobility is often the most visually apparent. Other symptoms such as fatigue, changes in sensation, memory and concentration problems are often ‘invisible’ symptoms and can be difficult to explain to others. Ava Battles, Chief Executive of MS Ireland said, “While many people are aware of MS and the more visible, tangible symptoms that it can cause, the effects of MS can vary greatly from person to person and can often be invisible to those around them. Through this research and our World MS Day activity we hope to raise awareness around the less visible aspects of MS and how it can impact on the day to day life of a person living with the condition.” Loretto Callaghan, General Manager and Country President, Novartis Ireland commented, “We are delighted to support MS Ireland on World MS Day and to bring the results of this research study to the general public. It is so important that the community of people living with MS in Ireland feel that their condition is properly understood by their peers and this is something that can only happen by spreading awareness through initiatives such as World MS Day.” Levels of awareness around the more visible symptoms of MS among the public are relatively high with almost 20% of those surveyed listing muscle degeneration, and 17% naming loss of mobility.1 Only 8% of people identified fatigue as a key symptom despite almost 90% of people living with MS reporting fatigue as a consequence of their condition.1, Commenting on the launch of the research findings, Professor Orla Hardiman, Consultant Neurologist at Beaumont Hospital, Professor of Neurology and Head of the Academic Unit of Neurology in Trinity College Dublin and the HSE National Clinical Lead for Neurology said, “The research findings highlight how prevalent MS is in our society today with nearly 40% of the population being impacted either directly or indirectly by the condition. It’s important that as a community we educate ourselves on the symptoms that affect the day to day lives of people living with MS, especially those that are not immediately apparent and less visible.” Sharon Henvey, World MS Day spokesperson said, “As someone living with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 10 years, World MS Day is a day that means so much to me and my family. It’s a day that shines a spotlight on the 9,000 people in Ireland living with MS and what life is like for us. The theme for this year’s campaign is visibility which I think is crucially important, as some of the symptoms I experience are unseen. I do at times feel that my MS is invisible which can be hard to explain to friends and family, so hopefully, the campaign can create awareness of these unseen symptoms” Research commissioned by MS Ireland and Novartis and completed by IPSOS/MRBI, April 2019.  Research commissioned by MS Ireland and Novartis and completed by IPSOS/MRBI, April 2019.  MS Ireland website Available here  Societal Cost of Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland 2015 [online]. Available here
Short Story Evening to mark World MS Day Greystones Scribbles - now in its tenth year, would like to invite you to an evening of original short stories at the Glenview Hotel on Thursday, May 30th for a 7.30 pm start until 9.00 pm. Admission is just €7 to include a complimentary glass of wine/soft drink. All proceeds to MS Ireland's East Wicklow Branch. Get in touch Text Mark Mitchell at 087 2453 193.
Local Authority and European Parliament Elections With Local Authority and European Parliament Elections around the corner, now is the time to raise local issues with candidates seeking your vote. MS Ireland are members of the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI). We are supporting their campaigns to make disability and neurology top priorities for candidates in both the Local Authority and European Parliament Elections. We are asking you to get involved too! Local Authority Elections Accessibility Are there accessibility issues in your area? Are there uneven pathways? Are there pedestrian lights that don’t give you adequate time to cross the road? Think about the accessibility issues you face locally. Ask your local authority candidates to commit to ensuring local public services and buildings are accessible for people who live with a disability. Participation Are you aware if people living with disabilities are involved with current decision-making structures locally? Can your local candidate tell you about Public Participation Networks? Ask your candidate to commit to ensure that people living with disabilities are encouraged to take part in local decision making. Planning Is your local candidate aware of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD)? Do they know what changes need to be made locally to comply with this convention? Ask your candidate to commit to ensuring that your local authority publishes its implementation plan for the UNCRPD by 2020. Don’t forget to mention the MS Care Centre Business Case In addition to having the power to influence local change, candidates for local authority often have the capacity to raise issues with TD’s and Senators. If a candidate asks for your vote, please make them aware of the MS Ireland Care Centre Business Case and ask them to raise the issue with Elected Local Representatives. The Care Centre Business Case can be downloaded here European Elections European Parliament hopefuls are being asked to pledge support in a number of key areas; Accessibility & Equality Ask European Parliament candidates to commit to making products, services and infrastructure accessible to people with disabilities and to stop discrimination. Ask European Parliament candidates to commit to working at and EU level to ensure equitable access to treatments, services and supports for people with neurological conditions. Investment Ask European Parliament candidates to support the investment of European funds in persons with disabilities. Support Ask European Parliament candidates to support the aims and objectives of the Members of European Parliament (MEP) interest group on Brain, Mind and Pain. Ask your European Parliament candidate to work at EU level to increase awareness of neurological conditions as a major public health and social care issue. Ask candidates to commit to their support on Twitter using #DisabilityVotesCount and #LoveYourBrain2019 Further information: www.disability-federation.ie www.nai.ie
NUI Galway are recruiting Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a part-time, fixed term position (20% FTE) as a Patient Representative Research Assistant with the Discipline of Occupational Therapy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by Health Research Board and is available from July 1st 2019. This is a specific purpose contract circa 30 months. Information on project: The post is an exciting opportunity to be part of a research study of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention for people living with multiple sclerosis. Some people with multiple sclerosis have cognitive symptoms (e.g. difficulty with memory, processing information, attention) that impact their daily lives. The lead researcher has developed a new occupational therapy programme for people with multiple sclerosis that aims to help people deal with these symptoms. The programme will be assessed in this study. How to apply: Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Sinéad Hynes at firstname.lastname@example.org Please put reference number NUIG-079-19 in subject line of e-mail application.Or by post to Dr Sinéad Hynes, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Áras Moyola, NUI Galway. Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 31st May 2019 at 5.00 pm Interviews are planned to be held on 11th June 2019 All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment. National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.
This week Mary Devereux talks about falling and how she is dealing with the impact of Primary Progressive MS on her life and the lives of her family members. I have fallen… I could fall up a stairs, down a stairs; going up a footpath and going down a footpath and often I have tripped on...nothing. My foot sticks to the ground, my ankle or knee will simply stop working and I fall. Sometimes I will jump awake from a sleep with the sensation of falling. Falls are part and parcel for many people with Multiple Sclerosis. Falls are something we endure but also work hard to prevent. Muscle weakness, spasms, coordination problems, foot drop and numbness are all common MS symptoms that increase our risk of falling. More often than not, falls are unpreventable. I used to have SO many more suit jackets but no trousers to match because they were the casualty of my many falls. The first reaction I have when I fall is one of embarrassment; the second is to get up as quick as I can and walk as fast as I can, not looking right nor left and hoping no one has seen me. These are my first reactions despite any pain I may be in. Some of my falls are my own fault, like when I am over-tired but still insist on carrying out a task instead of listening to my body. Then foot-drop hits and all of a sudden I am having a close encounter with the floor. Or if I am carrying too many things at once instead of slowing down and carrying out the task in a safer and more thoughtful manner (that’s a whole different conversation for another day!). When your tendency to fall is no longer funny to people, you see the worry on their faces. That worry often leads to attempts to protect you. It begins with “don’t climb that ladder” or “don’t go up to the attic”, then “don’t stand on the chair”... all things I would have done before diagnosis without batting an eyelid. Once I fell down the stairs, couldn't stop myself and heard the crunching of bones as I tumbled. The things I have been running away from I now have no choice but to allow them to be part of my life. They minimise the risk of falling and therefore the injuries I might get from falling. Things like a cane, a rollator, the bed rail, the non-slip mat on the bedroom floor, the second banister rail, the shower chair... the list goes on. I learned early on with this disease I had to help myself in order to survive; if my wellbeing and survival comes by way of special equipment, so be it. My latest addition to falling has been in the middle of the night. Sometimes I wake up from pain, try to sit at the side of the bed fully expecting my feet to be my anchor and all of a sudden my feet are sliding out in front of me. I know I’m going to hit the ground and there isn’t a thing I can do to stop it. I scream, wake the house and have to accept the help to get up. Then I spend all the time apologizing for it. What do I fear most about falling? The look of fear on my loved ones’ faces. The slow ebbing away of my confidence and independence. This progressive disease is a thief that comes any time of day or night and never leaves empty handed. The MS thief always takes a little bit of me with it.
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