Recent Writing

Fear of MS always on my mind

Fear of MS always on my mind

  • The Scotsman
  • 02 February 2016

It's freezing and snow is swirling around us. My children and I are desperate to get into the warmth of our house. But the key won’t seem to go in the lock. Perhaps it’s not the right key. I check, holding it up towards a street lamp for a closer look.
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How my daughter’s resourcefulness makes me cry

How my daughter’s resourcefulness makes me cry

  • The Scotsman
  • 25 January 2016

I’m stood at the entrance to the school hall, waiting for my daughter to finish her singing before taking her home. From the doorway I can hear children’s voices raised in song. I peer through the glass door to see if I can locate my daughter.
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MS diagnosis was almost a relief

MS diagnosis was almost a relief

  • The Scotsman
  • 12 January 2016

We are driving through the Pyrénées in the late summer of 2003. It’s a beautiful day; perfect for climbing in the mountains. I should be up there with the rest of the walking group. But instead I’m driving through the valley in the support van.
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Helping my daughters understand MS

Helping my daughters understand MS

  • The Scotsman
  • 29 December 2015

We are sat on the No 8 bus, jolting as we make our way through the darkness of late afternoon to the Royal Infirmary on the outskirts of Edinburgh. There my two daughters and I are due to pick up some medicine for my multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Past no longer in the past

Past no longer in the past

  • The Scotsman
  • 15 December 2015

I am cursing my idiocy for insisting on a “real” tree for Christmas. Thanks to my Multiple Sclerosis (MS), bringing even a modest fir tree home is turning into a feat of endurance. What’s wrong with the seven feet of green plastic we already have?
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Brief respite from reality

Brief respite from reality

  • Scotland on Sunday
  • 06 December 2015

Kos isn’t just a port in the storm for Syrian refugees but an idyllic getaway for a family haunted by MS.
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Gardening and MS: forgetting my worries

Gardening and MS: forgetting my worries

  • MS Society
  • 11 June 2015

Two magpies stride across the lawn, chests puffed out as they strut. Two for joy. And this garden has indeed brought me happiness.
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