No, mine did not tell me anything.
He handed me a bunch of leaflets about MS, which I think were published by the MS Society, but I’m not sure I ever bothered to read (I’d been a member of this site for months before being diagnosed, and diagnosis was expected, so I wasn’t exactly new to what MS is).
I didn’t even get a talk about DMDs - I was left to research them myself. With hindsight, I’m not sure whether that was intentional, or whether there was a breakdown in communication that led everyone to assume someone else had already spoken to me.
It may have complicated matters that I transferred to the NHS from BUPA, but as I kept the same consultant, you would have assumed things should have been fairly seamless.
I also wonder if I was…not exactly penalised, but fell through the net as a result of choosing not to attend a “newly diagnosed” course. It was entirely voluntary, of course, but I didn’t feel I needed it. But I wonder now whether there was an assumption everything had been covered on the course, with no thought given to the possibility not everyone attends the course!
Having said all of the above, I don’t feel there was any information I desperately needed that I couldn’t find readily enough for myself. I didn’t (and still don’t) need charities or services, so if I’d been given a load of blurb about that, it probably would have collected dust for a year or two before I chucked it in the bin - the same as the beginner’s stuff about: “What is MS?”
IF things take a turn for the worse, and I suddenly find myself needing a charity or service, I’m confident there is either something about it already on the main site here, and I can look up what to do, or I’ll just post asking, and someone will know who I need to contact. I don’t really worry about it much, to be honest. Perhaps that’s a bit shortsighted, as if there’s a very dramatic deterioration, I may lack the capacity to research or ask questions by myself. But then the alternative is trying to research every eventuality, and who to call, before any of it has actually happened, which seems quite a depressing way to approach life. I no more want to do that than to have a wheelchair parked in the hall “just in case” - which believe it or not, has been suggested by a well-meaning person.
I know the day I need it will probably be a bit late to start researching, but it seems negative to me to surround oneself with aids one has never yet needed.