Increasing public awareness of multiple sclerosis is something that everyone with the disease does all the time. It may not always be planned but, think about it, you do it whenever you answer someone’s question.
This month, however, it gets even bigger. After all, March is MS Awareness Month in the US, while the 30th is World MS Day.
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is focusing its 2018’s awareness campaign on Understanding MS Progression.
This includes three specific topics. These are MS relapse management, brain preservation and cognition in MS, and healthy living with primary-progressive MS (PPMS).
You are invited to join in the following MS Awareness activities scheduled during March:
- A live “Ask Me Anything” event with a special focus on MS relapses on Monday, March 12, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm Eastern. This online event will be hosted on My MSAA Community, MSAA’s peer-to-peer forum. Please visit My MSAA Community for more information and to join.
- MSAA’s free Live Webinar, “Helpful Tools for MS Relapse Management” on Tuesday, March 13, from 8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern featuring Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman, MD.
- A free in-person educational program to learn more about The Importance of Brain Preservation and Cognition in MS. Please see MSAA’s Calendar of Events page for more details.
- Take MSAA ‘s MS and the Brain Survey, and look out for the results which will be presented the week of March 19.
- A live “Ask Me Anything” event dedicated to the Importance of Brain Preservation and Cognition in MS on Monday, March 19, from 6 – 7pm Eastern. This online event will be hosted on MSAA’s Facebook page so please follow @MSassociation on Facebook and tune in for the AMA on March 19, at 6pm Eastern.
- Attend a free in-person educational program to learn more about primary-progressive MS. Please see our Calendar of Events page for more details.
- Join MSAA and Steven Bromley, MD for a live “Ask Me Anything” event exploring primary-progressive MS on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6 – 7pm Eastern. This online event will be hosted on MSAA’s Face book page so please follow @MSassociation on Facebook and tune in for the AMA on March 29, 2018 at 6pm Eastern.
MS Awareness Week
This important week, March 11 – 17, is organized by the USA’s National MS Society, which is challenging all of us who have this disease to do our bit. It says: “
By sharing their stories, we help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with MS.
You can help ensure that more people understand what life with MS can be like and engage more people to do something about it, by following our media channels and sharing the stories of those living with MS, who move life forward every day and don’t let MS define them.
Together, we will do whatever it takes to change the world for people with MS.
World MS Day
As always, World MS Day is marked on May 30. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
The 2018 campaign will be called #bringinguscloser and the theme is research.
In 2009, the MS International Federation (MSIF) and its members initiated the first World MS Day. It has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world, with a campaign focusing on a different theme each year.
The MSIF provides a toolkit of free resources to help everyone to take part in World MS Day. Anyone can use these tools, or make their own, to create positive change in the lives of more than 2.3 million people around the world.
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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, a freelance medical writer and editor for various health information sites. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.
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