Multiple sclerosis is estimated to affect approximately 2.5million people across the globe and is a common form of autoimmune disease.
This blog post provides a general overview of multiple sclerosis, together with information about the common symptoms, causes and treatment of this potentially debilitating condition.
My mum, Raena, was only in her early 60s when I began to notice little changes in her behaviour. She had a few scrapes in the car, started to misplace her keys and began to get confused when making plans. It was such a gradual deterioration, but after a while, me, my brothers and my Dad, Nick, persuaded Mum to go for a series of tests and in 2012 she was initially diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. After seeing a specialist it turned out to be a form of dementia called Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA), which affects the visual part of the brain and alters spatial awareness.
I’ve just completed the run of my life. I took on the London Marathon to raise money for The National Brain Appeal and ran it in 5hrs 38mins 52secs − and while my time wasn’t remarkable, the fact that I was able to reach the start line at all was something of a miracle in itself.
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Marathon time! We’re very lucky to have a fantastic team of 20 runners taking on this ultra-challenge and raising money for us. One of our runners is NHNN neurosurgeon, Neil Kitchen, who is a long-time supporter of the charity. This is his seventh year running for The National Brain Appeal and before race day, we grabbed him for five minutes to do a quick-fire Q&A session… Read more
You approach the hospital, welcomed by the warm red bricks and grand façade. Staff walk purposefully to and fro across the square, files in their hands, ID cards around their necks. Ambulances and taxis pull up alongside you, dropping off patients, helping them in. You step up towards the entrance. A lady passes you by. She’s in a wheelchair. You enter reception. A friendly face at the desk gives you a wide smile as you rub gel into your hands. Away from the buzz of the square, it’s quiet, the ceiling high, the wood dark and glossy. Read more