Welbeing hub offers support for Fifers living with MS

A man from Dunfermline has praised a charity support service for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) during the pandemic.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 12:52 pm

MS Society Scotland’s Wellbeing Hub is designed to enable people living with MS, their families and friends to access physical and emotional group activities.

The service also provides counselling and physiotherapy as well as a way to stay connected.

Iain Elder (59), from Dunfermline, has secondary progressive MS and was diagnosed in 2009.

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Iain Elder with his wife Janet.

Iain said: “I’m affected by poor sleep, fatigue and I get drop foot on my left side. I use a wheelchair almost all the time, I can go a few steps but it’s more of a shuffle.

“I was first diagnosed when I went over my ankle playing badminton. It stayed limp for months and, after doing all the normal thing like resting, elevating it and icing it, nothing had improved.

“I tried all different kinds of painkillers but it didn’t help so I was sent to the Vic in Kirkcaldy to see a neurologist.

“Of course, I was told I had MS which I didn’t know much about at the time. The doctor told me it was very varied and affects everyone differently.

“The Wellbeing Hub is a fantastic thing. The fact that it’s online, in your house and there’s a big range of things to do is great.”

Morna Simpkins, director of MS Scotland, said: “Iain’s experiences highlight just how valuable the Wellbeing Hub has been for so many people.

“Access to sessions can make a very real difference to people’s physical and mental health and we’re pleased to be supporting people through what has been a very difficult period.”

To find out more and to talk to someone about how to access the services that make up the ‘wellbeing hub’ please contact: [email protected] or 0131 335 4050.

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