"Having MS comes with a broad range of symptoms and I experience widespread neuropathic pain, spasticity and drop foot, that makes going about physical activities more difficult and tiresome. For me, one of the most challenging symptoms I struggle with is fatigue and how unpredictable it is! One day you may feel you have the energy and stamina to go about your day-to-day activities, the next day, it can be a whole different story. You can be so fatigued that completing basic, daily tasks is frustrating and feels like running a marathon!
At times, it can feel like you are sitting on the sidelines, watching the people around you go about activities, with such ease, which you may have more difficulty doing. It can feel like a tug of war with your inner self. It isn’t just the physical toll MS has on you, but the mental one too. It can challenge you at your most vulnerable, and that can feel overwhelming and frightening.
I feel more reassured and confident about my future knowing I have access to a range of different services through Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Canterbury. These services include a physiotherapist to continue my rehabilitation and help me find ways to work around my physical limitations safely. If any unexpected obstacles come my way, I know that I have the support of them behind me."
We rely on the generosity of people like you, to help us raise 80% of the funds required to assist our members with Multiple Sclerosis who have a wide variety of long-term needs.
Our vision is that all people in Canterbury with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s can reach their full potential.
We provide professional support and services, with an MS nurse and physiotherapy specialists to encourage peer support, living well with MS and physical exercise.
Joining our organisation as a member means a person with MS has an assessment with our MS nurse, who also runs a range of peer support groups, is available to help with symptom support, and advises about living well with MS, a self-management
Research shows that exercise is especially beneficial for people with neurological conditions. Our focus on exercise is designed to maintain or build up mobility, balance, flexibility, and strength. A further assessment with a physiotherapist will direct someone to the appropriate level of exercise class for their ability, such as open gym
circuit, yoga, or exercise classes.
Social connections occur at all classes and support groups, where people can share their MS experiences and learn new ways of managing their condition.
Community Advisor Services
Phone: 03 366 2857
Address: 70 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch, 8053
A big thank you to our Supporters
The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal
Colin De Jager