SORRY, HAVE TO BE QUICK - IT’S ON NOW
Presume it’s the programme about young people coming out about their MS. If so it’s still available to listen to…
Caught the tail end of it, Marcus, but will have to catch the rest on iPlayer.
Coincidentally, the following programme, The Classic Serial, is also of relevance to people with MS.
It’s a period drama (First World War era) in which the plot revolves around a young woman who may roughly be assumed to have MS. It’s never named explicitly, but she has some incurable condition of the central nervous system, which means she can only walk with crutches (probably wouldn’t have been called MS, in that period, but the similarities are obvious).
The story may prove too harrowing for some, because it’s about the corrosive effects of pity. A decent young man, with only kind intentions, gets embroiled in the girl’s life: initially out of a desire to apologise, after he makes an embarrassing faux pas, not realising her disability. But later because, feeling sorry for her, and indebted to her family for their kindness, he feels he cannot walk away.
Things get worse, when, in an effort not to discourage her, he overstates the possibility of a cure. Again, from the best of motives, but when she eagerly seizes on this, in the belief she WILL be cured, he hasn’t the heart to disillusion her. So begins a deliberate lie, which the young man believes will be “harmless”, because it allows her to have hope.
It’s pretty clear from the outset that it will all end in tears, for both of them. The poor young man isn’t malicious, but just gets into a position he can’t back out of.
Now we wait for it all to unravel…