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How the centre helps you

We are delighted to announce the winning of the ‘Charity of the Year Award 2015’ run by the South Wales Evening Post, and are most grateful to all who voted for us.

To help strengthen our case in applying for major funding for our new centre, we are looking for letters of support from all those who have received benefit from the therapies we offer at the Centre.

Any feedback or stories that you are willing to share, please send to us using the comments form below. If you wish to remain anonymous please place ‘anon’ in the ‘Name’ field.

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  • January 25, 2015 at 10:57 am
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    I had been suffering with arthritis in my knees and hips for several years and was told that I was too young for a replacement of any kind and that taking pain killers on a regular basis was my only option to releive the pain. I was to start on a low level painkiller and work my way up to the strongest level. Only when this was not achieving anything would help be considered.

    I did want to go down that road and in telling my story to friends and family, the MS Therapy Centre was recommended. “The Oxygen Therapy offered helps arthritis too”, so I thought I’d give it a try.

    I found the atmosphere and the people at the centre so friendly and welcoming that I didn’t feel like I was there for ‘treatment’.

    Oxygen Therapy has helped me tremendously and am so glad I opted for this method of pain management over any drugs. I am able to walk much longer distances now than I was before and also enjoy the social aspect that being a member of the centre offers.

    Thank you all

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  • January 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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    On 22 November 2000, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, this was to me devastating news as I had an uncle who died and he had a very bad time with MS.
    I asked the consultant what treatment there was for MS and I was offered a course of Steroids and told to learn to live with MS as there was no cure.

    I was told about the MS therapy centre and decided to give it a go and have been going for many years. It is not a cure but it helps with some of the problems caused by MS.
    People ask me if it helps and I say I think it does but I have no idea what I would be like if I had never tried the oxygen. I feel that for £10 a week I will continue with it.

    If I miss a few weeks I feel better when I go back for the oxygen.
    It is also a bit of a social club as you make friends and we have evenings out to help raise money.

    The Centre also has a physiotherapy room, I go there once a week and found it very good. When you first go there you are assessed by a fully qualified physiotherapist; she works out an exercise plan and her assistant takes you through the exercises each time you go and I find it very good as she makes me do exercises that I am too lazy to do at home.
    The Centre is in need of renewal as it is not big enough for the number of members that we now have. The Centre has members with many medical conditions – strokes, cerebral palsy, diabetic ulcers and sports injuries.

    All this is funded by the members and money donated by local people and local companies. The Centre costs about £80,000 a year to run, as a result we have to constantly have the begging bowl out.

    We are desperately looking for a generous philanthropist.

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  • January 26, 2015 at 10:59 am
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    A remarkable hand written blog by Paul he has entitled “Make a Difference to Many (Your Choice)!!!

    My name is Paul Pugh and I was viciously assaulted in my home town of Ammanford in January 2007 and was left brain injured. I am on a vigorous rehabilitation programme in my quest for independence which is why I receive oxygen treatment in the MS Therapy Centre. The Swansea MS Centre offers a variety of services including oxygen therapy, Neurophysio, reflexology and more!
    The existing oxygen chamber houses up to a maximum of six people at any one time and I fear for the people on the ever growing waiting list who are missing out on the Centre’s positive life changing treatment – the chamber is not big enough! Each individual receives a mask and inhales pure oxygen, a quarter of the atmosphere more than the air we breath daily. Our brain needs oxygen for us to survive, and the ability to tell our bodies to perform at their best. The oxygen I inhale don’t only go to every part of my brain, but also to every single part of my body, to speed up the healing of injuries. Professional sportsmen use the chamber for that very reason to get them back on the pitch, track, whatever. I’ve been fortunate enough to share the chamber with a couple of Swansea City players over the last two years.
    I attend the Centre once a week for oxygen and neurophysio after coming out of the chamber. I receive one-to-one physio there and cannot see the existing centre containing the volume of people needing the treatment the Centre provides, not only the petit and compact six berth chamber but the playroom they have to call the physio room. Exactly the same goes for the offices and staffrooms too.
    The treatment I receive and have received over the last two years has made a positive difference in my progress/recovery, which is plain for all to see.
    New and enlarged facilities would mean further progress, not just for myself, but the people on the waiting list which the existing Centre is unable to facilitate due to the limited space. Thank you, Paul P.

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  • September 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm
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