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Welcome to our 25th anniversary issue of New Pathways magazine. As you hopefully know by now, 2018 is MS-UK’s 25th year as a charity supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).
For those of you that are more recent subscribers to New Pathways, you may not know that this magazine started out as a leaflet called Pathways written by Judy Graham for MS-UK (which at the time was MSRC). The Pathways leaflet sought to provide people with the information they needed to live well with MS, at a time when there was very little information available, and what was there, was very limited in what it would cover.
Today, life is quite different with an abundance of information available via the internet, but this just creates noise that people need to navigate their way through to get to the really useful information they need. It really is all too easy to get lost in all the research and news, and end up more confused than when you started. But what Pathways set out to do and New Pathways has continued, is to cut through the noise by speaking to people living well with MS now, collect their stories, share them with you, and create a more sophisticated understanding of life with MS. An understanding that balances the facts of life with MS against the experiences of those living with the condition.
We see each person as an individual and treat them with the respect that they deserve; that each one of us is capable of making informed decisions for ourselves about how we wish to live our lives. That we all have the ability to absorb information and people’s experiences, and decide if something is right for us. To recognise that achieving the benchmark of ‘clinically-evidenced’ is not always going to be possible or even relevant for a good number of reasons. There is a huge difference between unproven and disproven. We have always understood that difference and will continue to use this to guide us for as long as we are here and needed.
To commemorate our 25 years, inside this issue you will find an Anniversary Special including a guest feature from Judy Graham, a feature by Tom Cutts who was diagnosed last year at the age of 25 and is coming to terms with his diagnosis, and a number of nods to times gone by.
You’ll also spot references to our history and the theme of 25 throughout this issue, such as 25 ways to raise money for MS-UK and get your pin badge on page 26.
Finally, we bring you all the usual content you have come to expect from us, including three accessible holiday stories - Julie Kicks on Andalusia on page 32, Tracy Brown in Bali on page 14 and our very own Ian Cook holidaying in Benidorm on page 38.
This issue has been guest edited by MS-UK CEO Amy Woolf.
What is New Pathways?
New Pathways is our bi-monthly magazine. Available in print, audio version, large print and digitally via the My MS-UK app, New Pathways is full of the latest MS news regarding trials, drug development and research as well as competitions, special offers and product reviews.
We also like to share your stories and experiences of living with MS. The magazine offers you the opportunity to reach out to thousands of other people living with MS. If you’re looking for support or even have a question, New Pathways readers will be there to offer their advice, experience and support.
We also know that knowledge is power and in a bid to help you take control of your condition we offer a variety of articles each issue, which address a variety of subjects from exercise and diet, to symptoms and cannabis use to name a few. More importantly, there are no taboo subjects: if the subject is important to you we will explore it.
Ways to read
You can subscribe to receive the printed magazine using the options below. There is also an option to receive an audio CD with your printed version. You can read the digital version of the magazine by searching for My MS-UK in your app store.
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