Peter at Ethos
10 Oct 2019

"My multiple sclerosis was quite active and I lost my balance terribly, I had the fright of my life. All of a sudden I had to use a wheelchair. I didn’t have an accident, mine is a neurological reason.

"Fortunately this charity came to my rescue, because I was in a very dark place. I was living with my girlfriend, on a top floor, which is very common when you have Multiple Sclerosis. You often end up living in a room next to the bathroom, and like all Victorian houses the bathroom is upstairs, so I was trapped. Fortunately this charity came to my rescue, literally angels from the sky in retrospect, and saved my life.

"Now I can use my wheelchair inside.

"When I first came here, I will always remember the first day I woke up. In the morning I looked up at the ceiling, then I looked at the wheelchair next to my bed and a smile came from ear to ear on my face, because I no longer woke up in fear; fear of stairs, fear of using the lavatory, fear of using the kitchen.

"When I first came here, I made a cup of tea in the morning. I realised I always used to make half a cup of tea, because I get the shakes with MS and I was always worried about spilling, so I would always make half a cup of tea. Whereas here, for the first time in 9 or 10 months I could make a full cup of tea, turn to the table, put it down, and put my legs under the table. I don’t live in fear, I can reach the fridge, I can reach all the facilities. I will never forget that, that first day I made a full cup of tea for the first time in a real long time.”