Did you know three out of five people with MS self-report as being lonely? What can we do about this, this Christmas?
I would be absolutely touched if my neuro checked in on me over Christmas.
We live in an age where normal human contact appears to be ebbing away. You never know - you might just save someone's life by making that call.
Thank you so much for all you do. And Merry Christmas.
I'll be lonely in a house full of people. Living with a husband that's psychologically abusive, children home from uni that don't want to be with him so spend all their time in their rooms.
Thank you for this beautiful post. Since I has been diagnosed I found that it was more difficult to catch up with people because of the lack of energy. Also I noticed that some of my "healthy" friends are afraid of catching up with "sick" people. So your post make sense to me given that I can totally imaging being alone over the Xmas time in a couple of years once children have left the house.
A happy Christmas to you and your family.
Very best wishes for 2023.
Thanks so much for all you do to help those of us with MS.
You are truly in a class of your own and I really appreciate it.
Merry Christmas Prof G. and thanks for all you do for pwMS. I have done the outdoor bit , to the beach, this morning; now to visit a grumpy friend who lives alone, with some mince pies, then back home to finish making a scarlet bomber jacket, so I can visit the neighbours' kids dressed like the Christmas elf. So I'm trying to live your loneliness-busting advice. Luckily the local greengrocer stays open 24 hours for the last few days before Christmas, so I'll pop round there very late or very early tomorrow. I think it's so kind and generous of you to ring those of your patients who may be alone on Christmas Day.
Giving patients the gift of your company on Christmas Day is a beautiful act of compassion. I welled up and felt inspired by your generosity. I reached for my credit card, a small donation to MS-Selfie seems so insignificant but is something I can do in support of your endeavours.
I have always thought Hallelujah is best sung by a female voice and the 2 examples here are fabulous.
Merry Christmas to you. .
I prefer Cohen's version. It is real, not contrived like the other examples. You certainly are an enigma - a Professor calling his patients, particularly on Christmas day. I wish you and your family all the very best for a Happy Christmas, and all you aim to achieve be fulfilled in 2023.
Best wishes Eve.
Merry Christmas and a Happy , healthy 2023 to you and your family.
Thank you for everything you provide to us! How I wish you could be cloned so we could all have you as our MS neurologist!😊
Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year to Prof G, Freya, and everyone reading! 🎄 I'd say the best vesion of Hallelujah is by Rufus Wainwright.
This has really moved me, very kind. Thank you so much for being there, caring and supporting each and every one of us. Happy Christmas to you, Freya and the whole team and let’s hope that the New Year brings health, love and happiness to us all! Xx
Thank you for this thoughtful selfie and for your support and care. I wish you a very Happy Christmas.
Thank you. for caring so much for your own patients, and thank you for the support you give to the wider MS community. I hope your own health is continuing to improve and you have a long and happy life. Just please don't use up any more of those cats 9 lives.
Such a touching and human act to take time out to contact those patients that may be lonely and isolated at this time. Prof G. - you and your nurse are very special people.
Just wanted to take some time to show my appreciation for all that you do for pwMS. Have a restful Christmas with your family and friends and a wishing everyone a healthy New Year for all those with MS out there...
Prof G: You never cease to amaze. What you and your nurse are doing is an act of lovingkindness beyond what I would expect from almost anyone, much less from clinicians! I find MS inherently lonely, if that makes sense. It’s more difficult to get around, cook, friends fade, body losses. (Btw, I favor Bob Dylan’s electric version, though it’s a toss up with Leonard Cohen!) Thanks, good wishes and virtual hugs to all here during this season. 💕
Living with MS is a lonely experience in itself I try to resist the pressure to make Christmas special, which helps. My loneliest ones were preMS & while in a dysfunctional relationship.
Alleluia needs to sing by the tortured male voice imo, it’s Rufus Wainwright for me, goosebumps !
Happy holidays, Prof G.
Hope you have a wonderful time with the people you love.