I joined this site as i feel i will hopefully be able to help other MS sufferers and learn from others too.
However, I felt it necessary to write something here today regarding the portrayal of MS on Eastenders.
I am a little angry that they have made it look as if all MS sufferers are left at home in a wheelchair with an oxygen mask to fend for themselves when critically ill!!..at first i did not realise this character had MS but when it transpired that she , not only had MS, but was left at home with Pneumonia, I was appalled at their representation, which is certainly not my experience, after having lived with it for over 22 years…anyone who has had a severe bout of Pneumonia with MS will know that you would be admitted to hospital if you were that severe and you needed constant oxygen.
My concern is that any newly diagnosed MS sufferer who watches this soap will be completely frightened by this portrayal and, quite rightly, fearful for their future, especially if they have not yet got their head around or researched the facts about MS.
This has certainly not been researched enough by the writers of MS, in my eyes, and has done nothing to alleviate the fears it has possibly instilled in newly diagnosed people.
Am I alone in my views here or do others , like me, agree it has not highlighted MS in the best way?