Meditation helps MS sufferer cope
HAVING been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for more than three decades, Steve Brisk has learned to appreciate the subtleties in life.
He was 29 at the time – the average age for adults who suffer from the condition.
Now the 61-year-old, from Woodmancote, is continuing his work to help others suffering from the same symptoms he did.
In the last 30 years, he has raised more than £250,000 for charities connected to the illness.
His therapy is driven through meditation, which allows sufferers to gain a foothold in their hectic lives which can lead to MS via stress or restless nights.
"I used to be a sales manager for Clarks shoes," said Steve.
"It was a very stressful job – covering long distances – but then I discovered I had MS and basically couldn't do it anymore.
"It was a dark period for me – I fell into depression and I was desperate to return to work.
"The doctor said that I couldn't so I bought myself a book about meditation and, because of my despair, I taught myself to meditate."
Soon after, Steve found himself in a different place mentally.
"I used to be an incredibly stressed individual and meditation was the only thing that completely took that stress away," he added.
"It changed my life phenomenally."
He now holds meditation sessions with clients. His next session will be held in the Imperial Gardens in Cheltenham on July 13.
"Some people have problems with stress whereas some people have problems with sleep," said Steve. "When a lot of people want to switch off the mental bombardment, they just can't.
"But what you can do is bring some order to it through meditation. People are really seeing the benefits of it.
"It was my wife who pointed out to me that, just because I was not working, there were still a lot of people I could help."
In 2001, Steve founded SpeakEasy, an independent UK charity established to provide speech aids for people with MS, which has recently been aided by the MS Society.
Having done so much for the charity, Steve is content with the journey he has taken and has no regrets.
"Before, I never had the time because I was always working but, now, I feel like I am the luckiest man in the world and have a great need to give back what I know," he said.
Contact Steve on 01242 674006.