Multiple Sclerosis


I live with relapsing/remitting and secondary types of MS.
The support team can help with serving members of the armed forces and veterans.
There is NO charge or costs involved and they are usually ex-service personnel who know or are dealing with MS themselves.
If you need to chat.........


What is Multiple Sclerosis ?

It is a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
The majority of people with MS are diagnosed when they are aged between 20 and 40 years old. It can occur in older people and more rarely in children.
The symptoms of MS can be Sensory problems, Visual problems, Fatigue, Pain and loss of muscle strength, Balance and co-ordination, Spasms, Bladder and Bowel problems.
MS isn't contagious and although it can't be cured, it's not a terminal or life threatening illness.

A diagnosis of MS is hard for anyone, but it can be harder for Service families because Service people with MS may face medical discharge and dependants with MS face periods alone with their loved ones away on detachment. Mutual Support is here to help its members through this difficult time. Offering -

Support at the time of diagnosis and for the lifetime of the member.
Advice and assistance with disability benefits, war pension & AFCS claims.
Help with the difficult process of medical discharge.
Comprehensive website.
Regular Newsletters.
Information events with MS specialist nurses, neurologists and other experts.
Support & Respite weekends.


National Support.

Are you affected by MS and either still serving, ex-serving or a dependant ?

Mutual Support can give you the support you need, when you need it.

Mutual Support is run by volunteers with direct experience of MS and the armed forces, and provides services and activities based on what people affected by MS in the military haves said they want.

We are one of the MS Society's National Support Groups and can tap into their network of information and support.

We are also members of COBSEO, the confederation of service charities.
Already a member (on behalf of Mrs Dummy), never needed any support though :)


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Well it's Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week - so here's a photo of the BBC's former Defence Correspondent , the wise and lovely Caroline Wyatt , who I had the privilege of escorting around Headley Court for a short piece to camera a few years ago:


Cold weather forecast? Here's the best tip we've seen if you are on location. Thanks to
@CarolineWyatt who's been there and done that.
(Pic taken Herrick 18 Media Day SPTA 2013 - very happy days they were too)

Smart, funny and an excellent spokeswoman.
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Armed Forces twice as likely to die from MS, research finds - The Telegraph

Armed Forces twice as likely to die from MS, research finds - The Telegraph

Is this new? I thought drink got most.

I’m confused by the news article and not sure if we are more likely to develop MS or more likely to die from the complications once caught.

Currently chewing through the original paper here: Mortality from multiple sclerosis in British military personnel

Though not sure I buy the part about it’s more likely to spread because of living in close proximity. My first thoughts are perhaps linked to an STD (we are generally a more risk taking population - so increased susceptibility to do things like drive recklessly, unprotected sex etc, too) like some researchers believe some neuro conditions like Parkinson’s, dementia etc may have an STD element.

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