MS drop-in sessions launched

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A MULTIPLE Sclerosis support group set up by an inspirational sufferer and her carer mum has launched its own drop-in sessions.

The story of 39-year-old Lindsay Moore, who had her dreams of being a professional dancer tragically snatched away from her as she was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of MS, featured in the Hartlepool Mail last month.

Despite the heartbreak of the diagnosis seven years ago, Lindsay dedicated her life to helping others.

Lindsay is completely dependent on others and can’t even feed herself. But with the help of her mum, Sylvia, Lindsay has now launched the New Hartlepool MS Support Group, giving a helping hand to around 30 MS sufferers in Hartlepool.

And to the delight of all of those members, the group now has a spot at Owton Rossmere Resource Centre, in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool.

A launch event was held yesterday and the group will now hold a drop-in session every Monday, from 11am-3pm – giving sufferers the chance to enjoy free complementary therapies and take part in counselling sessions.

Sylvia said the drop-in sessions also give sufferers the opportunity to speak to others who are learning to deal with life with MS.

The 69-year-old retired waitress and office worker who cares for Lindsay every hour of every day, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be able to launch our drop-in sessions, it’s a proud day for us.

“Most people who suffer with MS do feel quite isolated so it’s really important to be able to speak to others who are going through the same as you.

“That companionship can be a real help for sufferers.

“A lot of our members were really surprised that the complementary therapies will be free.

“But it’s hard enough having to battle against a condition like MS on its own without having to pay £20 or £30 a time for treatment.”

The support group is completely self-funded and Sylvia says a number of fundraising events will be organised in the coming months.

For more information about the group email hartlepoolmsgroup@gmail.com.