The Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on a Patient's Life Essay

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The impact of Multiple Sclerosis on a patient’s life

Introduction
Eight years ago my mother was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, the most common form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affecting up to 85% of the MS patients, with twice as many women being affected as men1. It was a very difficult period for her as she had received very little support from her family and I find it fascinating how she managed to withstand the pressure and fight her condition despite all the odds being against her. For these reasons, I composed a poem from my mother’s point of view to try to empathize with her experience and understand the underlying issues of her condition. To have a sound foundation for this poem, I have carried out a
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The impact of Multiple Sclerosis on a patient’s life

Introduction
Eight years ago my mother was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, the most common form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affecting up to 85% of the MS patients, with twice as many women being affected as men1. It was a very difficult period for her as she had received very little support from her family and I find it fascinating how she managed to withstand the pressure and fight her condition despite all the odds being against her. For these reasons, I composed a poem from my mother’s point of view to try to empathize with her experience and understand the underlying issues of her condition. To have a sound foundation for this poem, I have carried out a written interview with her trying to identify how her condition affected her mentally and physically and to further investigate the role of different events in her life that may have contributed to her MS onset and progression. I will do this by analysing the findings of the interview using the Holistic Tool Assessment analysis. This essay will be divided into two parts. In the first part, we will look at how different events, decisions and relationships may have contributed to her MS onset. In the second part, we will link these factors to psychoneuroimmunological concepts of MS and explore how these factors may have contributed to her illness on a more pathological level.

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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