A bit more about me
Hello again and welcome. My name is Diana and I set this site up as a platform to share the knowledge I worked hard to acquire in 'life before diagnosis' and have tried to package it in a way that might be helpful to others affected by MS.
I have professional qualifications spanning 20 years in some of
the facets shown to be beneficial in managing this horrible disease:
I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees:
BSc (hons) in Sport Science
MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health
(plus additional specialist MSc exercise rehabilitation modules)
I am also a qualified:
Specialist PT in Exercise Neuro-Rehabilitation (Brookes; L4)
Personal Trainer (Active IQ; L3)
Fitness Instructor (Active IQ; L2)
Certified chair-based exercise instructor (L2)
Nutrition and Weight Management Advisor (DipNutr: AFN; L3)
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Advisor (AFN; L3)
Although not massively relevant (you'll see why in the lifestyle section of the site), I hold the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Award in Wine.
(oh, and I also spent 10 years working in the advertising industry)
This time spent studying has come together with my curiosity and interest in research (I am hoping to be accepted onto a PhD programme shortly) to further understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of chronic diseases.
Well, I'm proof that it doesn't prevent all diseases but the research suggests that we can use this knowledge to potentially improve our individual experience of living with this disease.
To be clear: I'm not saying prognosis here, I'm not a medical doctor.
My belief is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can't NOT help to some degree if only to make us feel better that we are 'doing something' - and fighting back against MS.
I believe that it can't hurt to try; who's with me?