Imagine waking up not knowing whether you will be able to cross the road, go to work, or look after the kids today. Every case of MS is unique, and the symptoms, severity and progress of the disease are different for everyone. MS can affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, and can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.
At MS Queensland, we provide care, support and hope to ensure no one has to face MS alone. Right now, the future feels more uncertain than ever. It’s thanks to you, we can provide some essential certainty for the MS community. The certainty that we will still be there for them.
Thanks to you, here’s how we’re responding to the COVID-19 situation:
- Neuro Assist Help Line remains open! If you or a loved one need help or advice please call our Neuro Assist line on 1800 177 591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any questions that you have.
- A special webinar was developed ‘COVID-19 and MS’ with MS Nurse Tim O’Maley and held on Wednesday 25 March. Over 250 people registered to hear this important information. Click here to watch or share the webinar recording.
- Even though Wellbeing Centres across the state will temporarily close, our physiotherapy teams are developing exercise programs for our community that can be safely managed at home instead.
- We have also launched an online 7-week wellness program which includes sessions and information on diet, exercise, mindfulness and resilience strategies so people living with MS can still access free advice and support to remain fit and well from their homes.
- We have implemented further safety measures to protect those who receive and deliver care in our specialist disability accommodation sites, so we can keep residents in their homes longer.
- Service Coordination staff have moved their support from face to face appointments to other methods such as teleconferencing, email and video conferencing, so people in both metropolitan and regional Queensland can still access vital support services at this time.
WHY FUNDRAISING IS IMPORTANT
We rely on fantastic individuals like you to get involved and help raise much-needed funds for the 4,000 Queenslanders living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
MS is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system. It may affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve and impacts more young people in Australia than any other chronic neurological disease. The term multiple sclerosis means ‘many scars’ and depending on where those scars (lesions) develop, they result in various symptoms.
All money raised by our participants in the MS Brissie to the Bay 30 for 30 challenge goes towards changing the lives of people with MS. We provide programs and support for people living with MS including social support programs, physio, exercise and occupational therapy, counselling, attendant care in private homes and support workers across Queensland.
Click here to meet some inspirational people who received the devastating news of an MS diagnosis, how MS Queensland support them and hear what motivates them to live each day with positivity.