MS Awareness Week is 22 – 28 April and I’d like to spread some awareness of MS, and raise some much needed money for the wonderful MS Society.
We’re giving you the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win this gorgeous gift box containing nine LJ products and worth £100.
Here’s what you can win:
- Superfood Organic Neck Serum
- Balancing Organic Moisturiser
- OMG Serum – original
- Balancing Organic Toner
- Very Sensitive Organic Face Oil
- Release: Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend
- Rhubarb Organic Lip Gloss
- Kiss Me Goodnight Organic Lip Balm
- Organic Scratchy Balm
Raffle tickets are £2 each, and you can buy as many as you like.
The draw will take place on Monday, 29th April at 8pm and the winner will be announced via our social media platforms, and then contacted via email.
*** If just buying tickets at the checkout, please select “local pick-up” so you don’t have to pay P&P costs. You won’t receive actual tickets, your name will be added to the list for the draw. ***
Here’s some background
MS is a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, also known as the central nervous system. ‘Sclerosis’ means scarring or hardening of tiny patches of tissue. ‘Multiple’ is added because this happens at more than one place in the brain and/or spinal cord.
Although the effects of MS can vary greatly from person to person, the condition is often categorised into one of three broad types. MS is an autoimmune disease which damages the protein coating of your nerves. The resulting patches of nerve damage (sclerosis) mean that messages don’t get passed along the nerve very efficiently or, sometimes, may not get through at all. Your symptoms will correspond to the areas of your brain and spinal cord that have been damaged. The symptoms vary hugely from person to person, but the most common initial symptoms are fatigue (a kind of exhaustion which is out of all proportion to the task undertaken), stumbling more than before, unusual feelings in the skin (such as pins and needles or numbness), slowed thinking or problems with eyesight.
My husband Paul was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in the summer of 2014, his initial symptoms being overwhelming fatigue (no, it’s not just being very tired), severe insomnia, brain fog, stumbling and tripping up, and problems with moving his leg. To be given a diagnosis of an incurable immune disease was, quite frankly, terrifying, particularly as we had very young children at the time. At this time, we needed information and support, and this is what the MS Trust provided us with.
One of the issues with MS is that many of the symptoms may be invisible to other people; you may be feeling very unwell but others think you look OK. One of the most common issues we have is that people ask how Paul is, and even if he isn’t doing well, people say, “Well, he looks OK.”
Part of raising awareness is that we should never assume people are OK, and that a little kindness and understanding can go a long way – this is true of many illnesses, not just MS.
At the moment there is no cure for MS but there are disease modifying drugs to reduce relapse rates and reduce the progression. We feel fortunate that after a long fight with our local health authority, Paul is now receiving a new MS drug that should make a huge difference to his overall health, and to our future as a family.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Now please buy lots of raffle tickets and spread the word by sharing this with your friends.