Thursday, 23 May 2024
Thursday, 23 May 2024

World MS Day: Finding MS connections to promote well-being for people with MS

As we mark World MS Day 2023, global multiple sclerosis (MS) charity Overcoming MS is highlighting the importance of connections to bring hope to people diagnosed with MS. 

130,000 people live with MS in the UK and 2.8 million worldwide, and Overcoming MS is joining organisations across the globe to recognise the need for connection when living with a disease which has a significant impact on mental and physical health.

Overcoming MS shares a message of hope, backed by scientific research, to enable people living with MS to lead a full life. In their recent Pathway course, 67% of attendees reported an improvement in their mental health and well-being in just 6 weeks. The organisation’s Circles groups – with  98 Circle groups spanning 28 countries – bring people together to help one another, avoid feelings of isolation and make vital lifestyle modifications in a safe and supportive environment which can potentially change their future health and well-being. The charity has found that 79% of people join a Circle because they are keen to connect with others who understand what they are going through.  

Stuart, a supporter of the Overcoming MS charity and member of a Circles group, said:

“Overcoming MS has helped me to improve my way of thinking and feeling, maintain my stamina, and find a lot of hope for my future. The diet is the most significant change, and I’m pleased to have discovered many new ingredients and flavours. 

“The regional OMS Circle is a supportive and friendly group where we share tips on food, exercise research, films, and there is even a meditation spin-off group which has been a revelation to me. 

“I’m truly grateful for the emotional support from this group during the downtimes. This charity is a lifesaver.”

The Overcoming MS program is based on the following pillars: diet, exercise, sunlight and vitamin D, managing stress, and taking medication recommended by your healthcare practitioner.

For more information and to find information about the Circles groups where you can connect to others with MS, please visit: overcomingms.org.

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