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Friday, May 22, 2015

Are You Stronger Than MS?

Published May 21, 2015
May 27 is World MS Day, and the hashtag #strongerthanMS will be used to raise awareness around the globe.
The theme of this year’s celebration centers around access. Why access? Because each person with multiple sclerosis is affected differently but we all want to feel that we are allowed to do the things we choose and are able to do. Events around the world will focus on the people living with MS and those close to us who help us live our best lives.
But is it just preaching to the choir?
Here in tiny little Ireland, 25 events are planned around the country, and the United States lists 16 (well done, Ireland!). Seminars, self-help groups, coffee mornings, and research initiatives are planned in countries from Yemen and New Zealand to Peru to China.
Will you be doing anything to mark the day?
I personally won’t be attending any events on the 27th, as I begin the second leg of my book release tour. I have, however, given an interview to the local paper and am honored to post theMS & Me blog on World MS Day for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. But will anyone outside of the MS community be interested?
The dog chasing his tail of this disease is this:“Is there enough awareness, and is awareness enough?”

I challenge each of us in this year of #strongerthanMS to find someone and bring them into the tent.

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