Life with MS: My inspiration

French visual artist, Dorothy Shoes, talks about her life and how MS inspires her work.

Each year, in May, the MS community comes together to celebrate World MS Day through events and activities taking place throughout the month. It’s a time for people around the world to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

In line with this year’s theme – Life with MS – we’re featuring the work of visual artist, Dorothy Shoes, who not only lives with MS each day, but who uses it to inspire her work.

ColèresS Planquées (meaning hidden angers) is the anagram of "sclérose en plaques," which is the French word for multiple sclerosis. To live with MS it’s like you lose a part of your identity, a part of your thoughts, a part of the things you know. When I was diagnosed with MS, I felt that I couldn't do anything.

Dorothy Shoes on
ColèresS Planquées

With MS you can feel like insects are inside your body running, every minute, hour, days, weeks, months or more. Most people with MS have this – a feeling like that of pins and needles.

Dorothy Shoes on
ColèresS Planquées

A lot people with MS have the feeling that there is cotton below their feet and it's sticky. It’s not painful, but more annoying, you can’t just take it off – it’s a really sensitive feeling.

Dorothy Shoes on
ColèresS Planquées

My brain can’t do many things at the same time anymore. This disease takes so much space inside your life and inside your head. MS is always inside, it’s like a monster, a sticky monster inside your head.

Dorothy Shoes on
ColèresS Planquées

This picture with the girl naked painted like the wall is to express the fact that even if you don’t see the disease it really exists.

Dorothy Shoes on
ColèresS Planquées

I want to put some light where it's dark.

Dorothy Shoes on
ColèresS Planquées

Life with MS: My inspiration

Learn more about Dorothy’s unique take on #LifewithMS here

Roche supports the MS International Federation (MSIF) in bringing the world together to improve the quality of life of everybody affected by MS.

If you’re living with MS, take part in World MS Day by sharing what life with MS means to you.

Share your photos / stories on social media and don’t forget to use the hashtag #LifewithMS".