Derry people encouraged to attend ‘Living with MS’

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People affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in Derry are being encouraged to attend Living with MS – a free information day run by the MS Society.

The free event, which will take place on Saturday. 12 September from 10am-3pm at Ramada Plaza, Belfast is Northern Ireland’s biggest MS information day with more than 300 people expected to attend.

Brenda Maguire, Policy and Campaigns Manager for the MS Society said, “Our Living with MS event provides an ideal opportunity for people affected by MS in Northern Ireland to hear about the latest research breakthroughs, get symptom management tips and find out what support is available locally.

“We’re very excited that we’ll be joined by Professor Richard Reynolds, Director of the MS Tissue Bank – a world renowned research project which is making significant discoveries around what causes MS, why it progresses and how it may be stopped. There will also be an opportunity for people to ask questions about the latest MS research breakthroughs.

“Given that Northern Ireland has one of the highest incidences of MS in the world – with around 4,500 people affected here – we’re expecting lots of interest and would encourage anyone who is interested in attending to register as soon as possible.”

Other speakers include ‘Derry Journal’ reporter Catherine Doran and MS campaigner Conor Devine who will talk about their experiences of living with MS in Northern Ireland and techniques they have used to effectively manage their condition.

Catherine said, “I am really looking forward to the event, and hopefully sharing some of my story will help others in the same position.

“ A diagnosis of MS is never easy but events like this help show that you are not alone.

“I was diagnoed in 2009, a year before my wedding day, and it was hard to imagine my future. But I now have two beautiful daughters and also continue to work part-time. I want to show life can go on.”

Brenda added, “Our aim is to bring together top researchers and real people affected by MS to provide help for now and hope for the future. Both Catherine and Conor are living well with MS and we hope that their stories will inspire others who are recently diagnosed or living with the unpredictable effects of MS.

“And most importantly we hope this will be a fun and enjoyable event for people living with MS, carers, family and friends too with free complementary therapies available, free lunch and an opportunity to share experiences in a relaxed atmosphere”.

There will also be information stalls from local organisations and businesses offering information, support and mobility aids including Disability Action, MS Nurses, Lough Sailability, John Preston Healthcare, Ottobock and much more.

To book your free place you can book online at www.mssociety.org.uk/ni or email nireception@mssociety.org.uk or call 028 90 802 802