There are 100,000 of us in the UK with multiple sclerosis (MS), and it can be completely unpredictable – one day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move.
Following my diagnosis in 2012 one thing I was able to control was my treatment. Since then I have been given the information and support to make the right decisions, although there were times when I had to push to get it.
It worries me that some people aren’t getting access to the treatment they need because they don’t know what their options are or what the benefits might be.
A new report by the MS Society shows just how important it is to get the right treatment at the right time for people like me who live with the condition.
Beginning treatment as close as possible to diagnosis can prevent damage to the nervous system, slow down the build-up of irreversible damage and reduce the number of relapses people experience.
I would encourage everyone with relapsing MS to talk to their neurologist about treatment options that are right for them, even if they have been advised to ‘wait and see’, as so many newly diagnosed patients are.
Treatment is a personal choice, but people with MS need to be empowered to do what is right for them.
For more information on treatment options go to www.mssociety.org.uk/earlytreatment.
Beccy Huxtable, MS Society supporter