My mum gave me MS. Or at least that’s what she thinks.
You see my mum has Rheumatoid Arthritis which is also an autoimmune condition – a condition in which the immune system gets the good guys and the bad guys mixed up (see post 3 ‘The Science bit’). And so she thinks that the reason my immune system has taken a wrong turn is down to her; that along with the colour of my eyes and an artistic streak, she passed on an immune system that was faulty and not upto the job.
But MS isn’t directly inherited and there is no single gene that causes it. Infact, I haven’t been able to get to the bottom of what does cause it. It seems that nobody has. That nobody knows. It’s just ‘one of those things’ which is a rather unsatisfactory explanation for someone as nosey as me.
What made those grey smudges appear on my scan? Where did they come from? Why did they pick me? How long have they been there? When did I get MS? Why did I get it?
A whole host of questions which will always remain a mystery, like whether the Loch Ness Monster really exists and whether the people on The Only Way is Essex are actually real …
It seems that a lot could be down to where I live. Apparently the number of cases of MS increases as you move further away from the equator. In other words you’re less likely to get it if you live somewhere hot and sunny but more likely to get it if you live somewhere cloudy and damp. So as much as I love you Manchester, you haven’t done me any favours on this one …
Research suggests that levels of vitamin D could be a contributory factor which I guess makes sense given the links to sunshine – one of our main sources of vitamin D. And we certainly don’t get much of that in these parts.
Sounds like a good excuse for some long holidays to far flung tropical destinantions if you ask me. After all every cloud has a silver lining and all that.
So mum whilst you did give me your big blue eyes, confidence, feisty determination and an inherent belief in girl power – like your massive bangers MS is something that you definitely didn’t share with me.