Specialist MS nurses share their hope for the future

Specialist multiple sclerosis (MS) nurses from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are sharing their hope for the future management of people with the condition on World MS Day 30th May 2018.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.  It affects around 1200 people in Cumbria, and is more common in women (around 2/3) than men (around 1/3).     

Juliet Greenwood and Sue Raynerd are two of three MS nurses working within Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust that cover the county of Cumbria.

Juliet explained, “There is no known cure for MS and so the role of an MS nurse is to support the patient from their diagnosis throughout their life.  Being an MS nurse means you do the journey with them and support them along the way, through life events such as pregnancy and bereavement.  It’s about symptom management, giving patients support and promoting a degree of independence and that  ‘I’ve got MS but its not got me’ approach.”

Juliet  has been a nurse for 35 years and in that time, has seen significant developments in the treatment that can be offered to patients which can help people to live well for longer and prevent them becoming more disabled.   When she started there were four different drugs to help manage the condition and now there are 13.  “It’s a very different treatment profile now and there is so much hope for the future.”

World MS Day 2018 on 30th May is bringing together the international community to highlight research and its role in bringing us closer to ending MS.

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