Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease which can impact people in different ways, at different stages of their life. However, to the millions of people living with MS, they are so much more than their disease.
There are more than 2.8 million people around the world living with MS, each with their distinct hobbies, passions and interests.
Unfortunately, living with MS can be unpredictable, and the symptoms – such as fatigue, difficultly walking, numbness or tingling, vision problems and more – can present themselves differently for each person, as their disease progresses. This makes it difficult, not only for them, but also those around them, to live their daily lives, and even enjoy the things that make them who they are.
That’s why it’s important to understand the impact of their MS, so that they can feel empowered to make decisions about how best to manage it on a day-to-day basis, so they can continue to pursue the things they love, and live life to the fullest.
Hear more from Patrick, Brian, Graham and Karolina as they share their experience of living with MS, and the different ways they manage their disease while still pursuing what’s important to them.
“MS is so much more than a wheelchair. I think it's important to get a brighter view on what MS can be and who is going to be affected. Young people can have it, and you can continue your active life, your dreams, your traveling, whatever aspirations you have”
“I feel it's very important for me to be able to tell my story the misinformation that's out there needs to be corrected and it's the perception that is out there in the African community is that multiple sclerosis doesn't really exist in the African community.”
Brian, South Africa
“I feel as independent now as I ever was. The thing I worry about in the future is if anything crops up it doesn’t just affect the person that’s got it and I worry for my family’s sake.”
Graham, New Zealand
“My tip is take time with your family. My kids give me so much love that I don’t think about MS”