My Story


Summer of ’96 should have been the happiest time of my life. After 2 years of planning and dreaming ‘Hollyhocks’ tea rooms was opening. The night before the big day my joy was replaced by worry and fear as I awaited a phone call from the neurologist with my brain scan results. It was whilst renovating Hollyhocks that I developed numbness and tingling in my hand which quickly spread around my body. I was lucky I got an urgent referral from my GP and was seen by a neurologist within days of symptoms first appearing. The phone call finally came and I was told they had found something but couldn’t discuss it over the phone, come in Monday to get the results! It was a long weekend, by now I was having coordination problems, could no longer write and the fatigue was so debilitating that after being up for 10 minutes I had no energy for the remainder of the day…

"Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

Francis of Assisi

Multiple Sclerosis


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. This means that the flow of information within the brain and between the brain...

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While there is no single test for Multiple Sclerosis, several strategies, such as the medical history, neurologic exams, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spinal fluid analysis, are used to determine whether a person has MS...

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Although multiple sclerosis is not curable, there are several strategies which can help to slow the disease course, treat relapses, manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and address emotional health...

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Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is a treatment of aggressive multiple sclerosis and only available in clinical trials and in certain cases...

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