What about me?
Nobody likes MS. But it isn’t all doom and gloom either. Sometimes a big and serious thing like MS in a family can have a good side - it can bring people closer together.
You might get to know your Mum and Dad better just because MS makes you think about and talk about things more. You spend more time together. You will probably learn more about people because you learn so much more about yourself and your feelings and the way all your family feels about MS.
There will be good days and bad days. On bad days try to bring your feelings out - they hurt more when they’re stuck on the inside.
On good days, just enjoy them! Lots of people with MS and their families live happy lives.
"We always made our own beds anyway, even before Mum got MS. Some kids don't do anything! I hate emptying the smelly rubbish bins but we take turns."
You might feel like you do a lot more chores than some of your friends. Helping out around the house can be boring sometimes, but you're helping your mum or dad so they can spend more time with you!
Harry and Charlotte are worried the other children are going to see their mother using a walking stick. They are embarrassed and concerned the other children might tease them. At home, their dad is having to do a lot around the house.
What are some of the changes that have happened to Harry's life since his mum got diagnosed with MS?
What are some things Harry can do to make himself feel better when he's feeling down?
What should Harry do about the new feelings he is experiencing? Even the 'not so nice' ones?
Write down some of the feelings you think Harry might be experiencing.
Harry also has lots of extra chores to do now; such as helping wash the dishes and prepare dinner. Harry loves playing football with his friends, but recently, he’s been missing out on football training because his dad doesn’t have time to take him and his mother hasn’t been feeling well enough.