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Living well with multiple sclerosis

1 May 2018 – Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder of the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

Some common symptoms of MS include fatigue, visual impairment, spasticity – or muscle stiffness – and difficulties swallowing.

These symptoms can make completing everyday tasks challenging.

Huhana Hickey a.k.a. Dr Hu is an outspoken advocate for disabled people. She describes in the Life Unlimited (now known as Your Way | Kia Roha) Question Time series produced by Attitude Live, how ageing has taught her to accept and celebrate who she is.

Visit Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand to find out more about the condition and to connect with local support.

Equipment to assist with things like dressing and eating, in addition to mobility support, can help people with MS to live more independently.

Read more about the equipment available if completing everyday tasks with MS is challenging and about Vanessa Edwards and Jo Griffin who are challenging the myths about MS.

Man and woman sitting on a Alinker walking bike.
The Alinker walking bike suits many people with MS

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