Having MS Does Not Mean Giving Up My Dreams

Published: 22/05/2019

There are an estimated 100,000 people in the UK living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and this means that around one person in every 600 has the condition. We are supporting MS Awareness Week from 22nd - 28th April to raise awareness of the condition and recently visited one of our customers who is living with MS.

There are an estimated 100,000 people in the UK living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and this means that around one person in every 600 has the condition.

Each year 5,000 new people are diagnosed and the condition can have a significant impact to people's lives in that the nerves are attacked and damaged.


We are supporting MS Awareness Week from 22nd - 28th April to raise awareness of the condition and recently visited one of our customers who is living with MS.

We would like to thank 33 year old Sally who lives in Rye with her husband and two wonderful children for being willing to share her story with us:
I was diagnosed with MS in 2009 and it was at a regular eye test that the symptoms were spotted. The optician held a pen in front of one eye and it was bright red, with the other eye being pale pink.

This led to further tests which indicated that I had MS. Four months later the same colour problem happened to my other eye.

I was a legal secretary before my MS and worked for a local law firm, however had to give up work due to my illness. That was difficult given that I am only 33 and was 23 when diagnosed.

It is my vision that causes me the most problems so I am unable to drive anymore and I have fatigue issues, so my mobility is not all that good either. This led to me having a fall and needing a hip replacement (at such a young age!).

MS has significantly changed my life as not only am I unable to see properly to drive and not able to work, I used to do dancing and play the piano (I was grade five), but am unable to do that anymore.

However, I have a very supportive family and had two wonderful children not that long after my diagnosis which keeps me looking on the positive side.. I did not want to give up on life just because I have MS.

It is important to listen to your body, sit and rest if you are tired and make the most of each day. The ladies from Bluebird Care are a big help because they take me out for a couple of hours each week because I am unable to drive or get a bus.

I would like to thank Bluebird Care for the support and kindness that they have shown. The team are lovely and really make a big difference to my family life.
​Being a Care Assistant is incredibly rewarding. We have very supportive and friendly team here at Bluebird Care Rother & Hastings and you can find out more about the vacancies that we have available here.