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Meghan Markle's half-sister's MS battle: everything you never knew

The Duchess of Sussex's half-sister suffers with multiple sclerosis

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Bridie Wilkins
Senior Health & Fitness Writer
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Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, also known as Samantha Grant, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2008. She has been in a wheelchair since, and confirmed she was "living with a disability" in her memoir, The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister Part 1.

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The condition is a neurological one, meaning it affects your nerves, but there are several things we never knew about it. Here's the 411.

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What is MS?

According to the MS Society, it's a "condition that affects your brain and spinal cord (your central nervous system)". The NHS adds that it is a "lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild".

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)

Symptoms of the Duchess of Sussex's half-sister's condition run the gamut from fatigue to problems with learning. Here's everything the NHS cites.

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  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty walking
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision
  • Problems controlling the bladder
  • Numbness or tingling in different parts of the body
  • Muscle stiffness and spasms
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Problems with thinking, learning and planning

Symptoms vary from person to person, while the NHS states that they could come and go, or "get steadily worse".

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Meghan's sister previously appeared on GMB

What causes multiple sclerosis (MS)?

It's an autoimmune condition, which means it happens when your immune system is attacked. The NHS says, "In MS, the immune system attacks the layer that surrounds and protects the nerves".

How common is multiple sclerosis (MS)?

More common than we thought. The MS Society says that more than 130,000 people in the UK have it.

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Is multiple sclerosis (MS) contagious?

Contrary to popular belief, no. It's neither infectious, nor contagious.

Treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS)

There is currently no cure for MS, but there are certain types of treatment that can improve and soothe symptoms.

These include steroid medicine, disease modifying therapies (drugs designed to slow down how quick it comes on), and physiotherapy.

Find out more about multiple sclerosis via the NHS, or the MS Society.

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