Today whilst recovering and eating lots of protein I thought it would be good to go and watch a screening of "When i Walk" a film about a bloke with Primary Progressive MS of a similar age to myself.
It also happens to be the start of MS Awareness Week 2014 of which I was unaware of until today.
So the film!
It was an interesting affair. It's basically a film about a man documenting his condition and how it affects him. The main focus of the film seems to be around him editing the film that I am now watching. This gives a great insight into the effects of MS both physically and mentally.
The film starts off in a really positive vein as the aforementioned man in the film is trying to be as positive as he can about his condition. As the film progresses and his ability to walk and bring his film together deteriorates, the general atmosphere in the film changes from positive to less positive to almost desperate.
The film is a very sober account of how MS affects one man with the worst form of MS (Primary Progressive) although there are so many parallels for all of us that suffer from the other various forms of MS. Having watched the film, which charts his journey over 7-8 years, I can see parallels that encompass my own experience with MS to date.
By the end of the film, the overriding emotion is despair at the speed of his progression and that he hasn't been able to live his life the way he had envisaged.
Although my MS isn't as aggressive as the man in the film's, it definitely brings into sharp focus all the things that I would like to achieve in the time I that I have left not knowing whether I will end up severely disabled or not.
The BE MS AWARE website is to put into sharp focus for both those with MS and those without, that you shouldn't put off until tomorrow what can be done today as your tomorrow might not be the one that you had originally planned for.