Live to the fullest
1 in 100,000
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The cause is unknown. Progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Though medical advances had helped to cope with symptoms, there is still no known cure for the disease. According a report by Singhealth, there is about 100 diagnosed cases of MS in Singapore.
In 2003, Mr. Derek Dunn and Ms. Amelia Mok started MS Care, an initiative under CHCSA to provide support and care for MS patients. 13 years down, we are still committed to this work.
We speak to MS warrior Lovely.
1. Did you enjoy the workshop (flower arrangement)?
Yes, it gave me some ideas. For us, there might come a time when we are less mobile, requiring wheelchairs or walking sticks and may not be able to go for work, we can do flower arrangement as a source of income. It will not only help us financially, but will also give us the reason why we need to look forward each day that will come to our life.
2. Was meeting with fellow MS patients helpful?
Yes, it helped me a lot. Especially when I am talking to other MS patients, I can learn from them and I can also share with them my struggles, achievements and how I am coping up with the illness. It’s like we are giving each other the hope that we are in need.
3. What other activities would you like to join?
Recreational activities that will use our skills and mind, that even a person in a wheelchair can do.
4. Any words for the volunteers and fellow MS warriors?
Live each day to the fullest, if you are in a wheelchair or walking sticks, don’t lose your grip that every day is a new beginning for us. Never underestimate your capability, we may be ill, but as long as our mind and body can react to things, let’s use this to overcome anxiety and live like a normal healthy person.
Thank you Lovely, for showing us courage and strength and we are committed to walk with you.
If you know of someone who would benefit from MS Care or if you would like to volunteer for future events, drop us a mail and btw, start living.
by Kenny Low