Kevin Morris's Captain's Page 2017
In 2004, whilst pregnant with our first son, my wife was diagnosed
with having MS, which you can imagine, was a major shock. Initially it
only affected her eyesight, but over the years it now affects her
muscles and at times she finds it hard to walk, but with the help of her
MS nurse and support from the MS society along with family, she
continues to get on with life the best she can.
Kevin Morris, BUNGS Captain 2017
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the
central nervous system. In MS, the coating around
nerve fibres (called
is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. More than 100,000 people in the
UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in your 20s and 30s and it affects
almost three times as many women as men. Once diagnosed, MS stays with
you for life, but treatments & specialists can help you to manage the
condition and its symptoms.
We don't know the cause and we haven't yet found a cure, but research
is progressing fast.
What happens in MS?
To understand what happens in MS, it's useful to understand how the
central nervous system works. A substance called myelin protects the
nerve fibres in the central nervous system, which helps messages travel
quickly and smoothly between the brain and the rest of the body. In MS,
immune system which normally helps to fight off infection, mistakes
myelin for a foreign body and attacks it. This damages the myelin and
strips it off the nerve fibres either partially or completely, leaving
scars known as lesions or plaques. This damage disrupts messages
travelling along nerve fibres – they can slow down, become distorted, or
not get through at all.
As well as myelin loss, there can also sometimes be damage to the
actual nerve fibres. It is this nerve damage that causes the increase
in disability that can occur over time.
As the central nervous system links everything your body does, many
different types of symptoms can appear in MS. The specific symptoms that
appear depend upon which part of your central nervous system is affected
and the job of the damaged nerve.
Free MS Helpline
0808 800 8000
With your support and generous donations I hope to be able to give
back to the Multiple Sclerosis Society as a way of my appreciation for
all the help that they have given me, my family and most importantly,
Lucy my wife.
Thank you for reading this and your support this year!
BUNGS Captain 2017
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Par 3 Challenge
This year, I will continue with the Captains Challenge on our
golf days. The challenge is that all three players in a
group should hit their tee shots onto a par 3 of my choosing (or three
players of a fourball). A £1 entry fee is charged and the winning group takes half the pot
created and the other half goes to our charity.
If more than one group succeeds, they share the pot. If no group is
successful, the pot rolls over to the next golf day.