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Graham is taking control

20th January 2020

Graham noticed something wasn’t quite right when he was having issues with walking and started to feel a tingling sensation in his hands and feet. His mother was very sick at the time, and it was on the day of her funeral that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“I’ve got an engineering background, and I thought I will never be able to do my trade again. Never. Impossible. I will never be able to stand on my feet for eight hours a day, or work in the heat,” Graham says.

Many people like Graham find their symptoms flare up when it gets hot, so problems with walking and cognition can be intensified in the heat. Graham can also sometimes lose his train of thought mid-sentence, and at one point he was so fatigued he couldn’t get out of bed for a full week.

Graham knew it was time to make a change; to take back control of his body—that’s where the MS Society stepped in. Graham started working with our specialist physiotherapists, and attending weekly gym and hydrotherapy sessions—supported by you!

Regular exercise can improve strength and endurance to help people with walking and balance, and can relieve other symptoms like MS fatigue. With your support, our physiotherapists have given Graham the tools and knowledge he needs to understand the positive impact exercise can have on his body and his MS symptoms.

In addition to increasing his strength, Graham says our physiotherapists have taught him how to walk differently and how to use the stairs better. “The benefits go well beyond the hour session. From the moment you get out of bed, the extra strength of having a good night’s sleep from exercising the day before helps you wake up more refreshed.”

Graham says he has seen a dramatic change in his symptoms for the better, all thanks to regular exercise and changes to his diet. He’s now back at work, and walking up to 14 kilometres a day with not a walking stick in sight!

“I’m doing things which even some ‘able-bodied’ people would be struggling with, and I don’t have MS on my side either. It’s quite empowering.”

Achievements like Graham’s, would not be possible without your support. Thank you for supporting services that can change people’s lives.

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Graham is taking control