I am a very sporty, outgoing and determined person who has not let his MS diagnosis stand in my way. I believe that being as fit and active as one possibly can be, helps the mind as well as the body accomplish both physical and mental challenges.
This year I am undertaking a number of challenges ranging from a 1500m swim to an Ironman distance triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). I am undertaking these challenges in an effort to raise funds for research but more importantly awareness of MS in the general population.
At present, I am able to train and compete but with the uncertainty of an MS diagnosis and how it may affect me in the future, I am trying to do as much as I can, while I can.
I am hoping that by completing these challenges in 2015 that I will raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. I want to inspire others with Multiple Sclerosis to challenge themselves. I will be raising money for research for the Ann Rowling Clinic and awareness of MS for Shift.MS. I will also be carrying out further challenges in the future.
It is my longer term plan to complete the Seven Summits which are the 7 highest peaks on the 7 continents, as well as taking part in some other extreme long distance, multi-day challenges. For this, I am looking to gain corporate investment and sponsorship. If you would like to get involved please check out the donate page or contact me through the contact page.
Thanks for taking the time to read and your continued support is invaluable to me and thousands of others.
My name is Matt Piper and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in March 2012 aged 31. I was training to join the Royal Marines when he first started experiencing the following symptoms: partial loss of sight in my left eye which became complete, loss of co-ordination and balance, dizzy spells and speech difficulties. After 4 months of visiting doctors twice a week with these symptoms, and after visiting a private balance specialist, I was eventually referred for an MRI scan which confirmed an MS diagnosis.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults, and Scotland has amongst the highest prevalence of MS in the world, with over 10,500 living with the condition. This year I am working closely with the Ann Rowling Clinic and Shift.MS to raise funds and awareness of MS for vital research, in the hope that we can ultimately find a cure