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By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Matthew Green was diagnosed with MS in 2012.
Matthew Green was diagnosed with MS in 2012.

A man from Inverness who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) completed 100 press ups a day throughout November and December to help raise awareness as well as funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Matthew Green (32) was diagnosed with MS in 2012 when he was just 21-years-old.

According to the NHS MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

Matthew's diagnosis came two years after the loss of his mother, and a year after the birth of his first-born daughter.

When describing life with MS, Matthew said: "It's very challenging.

"I come up against new problems every day, but to me they're not problems they're obstacles and what matters is how I get through them."

The 32-year-old, who is born and bred in Inverness, has since shown that it is mind over matter when it comes down to his diagnosis and looks to inspire others through the power of fitness.

Matthew said: "To be completely honest I have found the fitness challenge really tricky as it took my body a while to get used to doing 100 press ups each day.

"In the middle of the challenge I did have to take 10 days off because the doctors told me I had to take a break from it while I was ill, but during that time Tarradale Primary school donated 100 press ups, along with other friends from the gym, which I am so thankful for.

"Once I was well again I doubled the number of press ups to 200 a day to make up for lost time."

Yesterday marked the final day of Matthew's fitness challenge at the Forge Gym in Inverness as he completed 3000 press ups in just one month.

He said: "I will definitely continue to keep up the press ups, but not 100 a day, that's for sure!"

Matthew Green and Diane Marshall completing their final 100 push ups.
Matthew Green and Diane Marshall completing their final 100 push ups.

Overall, Matthew raised a total of £425, which is over double his initial £200 target.

Because of MS, Matthew is now forced to plan his days ahead as he only has full use on one side of his body, restricting him to completing everyday tasks.

He said: "My daughter helps me a lot around the house, but even if I'm cutting the grass or Hoovering then I will use a mobility scooter and just do everything one handed while sitting down."

By trade, Matthew is an electrician, but he was forced to quit after becoming medically retired due to the physical restrictions surrounding his MS diagnosis.

Ever since he was diagnosed with MS, Matthew has been determined to raise as much awareness for it as possible and has pushed his physical abilities to the limit as he proves that anything is possible.

He said: "I think MS is coming more and more into civilisation, it's being diagnosed more and more and there's a community for it.

"I think raising awareness for MS is so important and a good thing to do."


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