"Shoshana and Maureen are two distinct characters. Shoshana is outgoing, fast paced, engaged. Maureen, on the other hand, is rather calm and easy going. I admire Shoshana’s tenacity in making sure she has everything she needs, demonstrating a go-getter attitude that is not deterred by the bureaucracy of the health or social services in the UK. Maureen can be admired for having a wholesome character who accepts the cards she’s been dealt in life and calmly looks forwards to each day anew. In a way, Maureen is lucky she has been well provided by her local authority as well as the health services. She is thankful for everything she has received in a most humble manner that only made me more modest as she speaks of her life with MS. Shoshana, on the other hand, speaks of her life with MS as a series of failures by the health service and paints a rather grim picture of what the situation can be like for someone with MS in the UK:
If it’s not given to you, be prepared to go and get it. Even when it is obvious to you, you may still have to fight to justify it to the health service or your local council. If a service is not available in your area, move to another one if you can.
Although Shoshana and Maureen have two different approaches and perspectives on their lives with MS, they have one strikingly similar attitude towards life in general that is quite representative of the British psyche: the ability, in any eventuality, to keep calm and carry on."