Overcoming MS is the world’s leading multiple sclerosis healthy lifestyle charity. We understand that living with multiple sclerosis can be overwhelming — but there is realistic hope of living well.
Over 2.8 million people worldwide live with multiple sclerosis, with many experiencing progressive disability over time. Although there is currently no cure for MS, we believe that people with MS can lead positive and fulfilling lives. This belief is based on substantial scientific evidence of the benefits of holistic self-care, alongside medical therapies when appropriate.
At the heart of OMS is a self-management program for people with MS, devised to support their physical and mental health, based on clear, practical actions.
Our vision is that people with MS feels empowered to take control of their health, are making informed lifestyle choices and living a full and healthy life.
We ensure people affected by MS are fully informed about evidence-based ways to help self-manage multiple sclerosis.
We help people living with MS to feel supported through OMS Circles (our growing global volunteer community network). OMS Circles are accessible and responsive to the diverse needs of people affected by MS.
We advocate for and with people living with MS to demonstrate how self-management and lifestyle choices are a vital part of living a full life. We influence policymakers and campaign to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of MS self-management.
We support and contribute to the growing body of evidence around lifestyle choices and self-management of MS to help influence and create change amongst healthcare professionals and policymakers. We work in partnership with individuals, communities, healthcare professionals and other charities to create genuine and sustainable benefits for people living with MS.
Professor George Jelinek, Program Founder
My mother died of MS in 1981. Towards the end of her life, she was totally incapacitated, unable to feed or care for herself. I was diagnosed with MS in 1999. I was determined that this was not going to be my fate.
Fortunately, my career as a Professor in Emergency Medicine and background as Editor-in-Chief of a major medical journal gave me the tools to sort through the medical literature on MS, giving appropriate weight to the various pieces of evidence I found. What I found startled me.
Overcoming MS Team
Our vision is a world in which every person with MS is empowered to take control of their health, is making informed lifestyle choices and is living a full and healthy life. Find out more about the Overcoming Multiple staff team working hard to achieve this vision.
Meet our team of expert event facilitators who assist with Overcoming MS retreats, one-day events and online offerings. Our facilitator team includes medical doctors, nutritionists, meditation practitioners and fitness experts.
Our Trustees volunteer their time and skills to set and review our overall direction. They govern the OMS charity and make sure we’re delivering our objectives, so that every person with MS can lead a full life.