Enfield woman with MS stars in awareness-raising music video

Terri-Louise wants people to know the condition “is a life sentence but not a death sentence”

Terri-Louise Brown (credit Ralu Chase Photography)
Terri-Louise Brown (credit Ralu Chase Photography)

A woman from Enfield is aiming to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with multiple sclerosis (MS) after appearing in a new music video.

Terri-Louise Brown was diagnosed with MS almost seven years ago and her brother also lives with the condition. She is now part of a new awareness campaign centred around a classical music track created by composer Fabio D’Andrea, with some of the profits from downloads split between charities MS Society and Overcoming MS.

A music video for the song features Terri-Louise as an extra alongside Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie.

Terri-Louise says increasing understanding of MS is vital. She said: “I advocate for myself, for those without a voice and for those who are simply tired. Taking part in this film was another way to raise awareness of MS.

“It’s important because one person learned is another person unlearned. It really helps when people have a bit more knowledge and understanding about MS and what those two letters mean. Being diagnosed – it’s unfortunate but it’s not the end. It may be a life sentence, but it’s not a death sentence.”

Rose Leslie plays the lead role in the video. It sees her character being diagnosed with MS and finding support from the MS community. The actor explained why she wanted to be involved, saying: “I have been a passionate supporter of the MS Society for a few years now. So when they approached me to take part in this music video, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis and to highlight the invisible symptoms that people who are living with MS will often experience.

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“I hope that it will also provide a positive message to anyone who does have this condition – that it’s still possible to live a full life.”

People with MS were involved throughout the process of making the video and supporters from both charities, like Terri-Louise, feature as extras in various scenes.

Fabio D’Andrea said: “I had an amazing workshop with volunteers from both charities. They were able to share stories about what’s happened in their lives. We were able to put those into the film itself. So some scenes have really been inspired from true life events.”

Over 130,000 people live with MS in the UK. The condition can be “relentless, painful and disabling” according to the MS Society. The charity’s chief executive Nick Moberly said: “MS is an unpredictable condition and it’s different for everyone who lives with it. That’s why we’re so grateful to Fabio D’Andrea for making Hope Reborn and to our supporter Rose Leslie for giving her time to play the lead role.

“We know it will do an amazing job to raise awareness of the realities of what it’s like to live with MS.”

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