Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. MSpals recognizes that everyone needs a place to go to and feel like they are not alone. We have tried to create venues through Facebook for most regions. We want people all over the world to know that we care. For the 100,000 people in the UK, we offer MSpals:UK Facebook page. We would love it if that page helps people in the UK with MS make pals, ask questions, and feel a little more connected. Our admin, Anthony Brown is dedicated to this purpose. Learn a little more about Anthony here!
Anthony was formally diagnosed with MS in 2010, after having issues since 2007. While he can no longer walk due to loose of leg control, he gets around via his mobility scooters. He has one for outside and a larger on for use inside. Anthony does not let compromised ability keep him in one place for too long! Of course we hope that he will choose to stick with MSpals for the duration!
So how did you come to MSpals, Anthony? I can’t really remember, but I was connected through a mutual friend with Mary Pettigrew and the rest is history as they say. I think I was in right at the start of MSpals!
What do you think is one of the biggest differences between MSers in the UK and MSers elsewhere? There’s no great difference as you would think. We are all have the same drugs available for treatment although in the UK we don’t pay for them. Having to have medical insurance, and all its implications, seems very scary to me.
As an Admin, how do you see yourself? What do you try to do in your community at MSpals? I just see the job of admin is multi faceted really. I interact with others, help with info, police behaviour and troublesome posts, empathise, compare symptoms, calm fears if possible and try to have an understanding perspective on our members concerns.
Tell us ways that you DON’T let MS run your life? I wish I could, MS is the overriding part of my life which effects everything I do! I try to do everything I can to get around but it’s not easy. My major job is the food shopping which gets me out, a lot lol. Being on my scooter, it’s the only time I’m on my own making my own decisions of where I go, within reason.
What hobbies do you have outside of your role with MSpals? Can’t say I have any, other than watching cricket at our local club during the summer. I tend to watch a fare amount of sport on the TV as I’m very good at sitting down these days! Lol