MS doesn’t stop me living my life the way I want to

Steph, 27, UK

Being diagnosed with MS felt like a relief. Not knowing what was wrong was scary, but knowing my symptoms had a name was comforting. I felt lucky to have good support from Birmingham hospital and from my fiancé.

Fortunately, I can still do most of the daily things that I took for granted before MS, but it’s reassuring to know that my partner is able to help me when I need it. I’ve got a job, I’m doing a masters and I’m getting married, MS is in the background of my life at the moment. But no matter what the future brings, I don’t ever want to be the person who complains about their MS.

Catheters have made a big difference to my independence. I can relax about doing things like going out to meet friends… It’s also a bit of a party trick. I pull it out of my handbag and get people to guess what it is!

There is no shame at all in asking for help with those initial steps you need to help you be more independent. Whether that be a mobility scooter or catheters (a godsend for me!) don’t be afraid to ask for what you are entitled to. It may seem scary at first, but it will really benefit you in the end.