Deciding whether to disclose your MS diagnosis is an incredibly personal decision. When Tim Cobb chose to do so, four years after his diagnosis, it was to a room of 155 business leaders, all of whom attended an OMS Global Dinner Party fundraising lunch he was hosting at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.
A bold announcement
Each one of them gave him their support and confirmed that his diagnosis changed nothing. Tim is the Managing Director of Cobb PR, an award-winning communications company based in the south east of England, and for the first two years after his MS diagnosis he simply didn’t want to talk about it.
Two relapses later, and his only option appeared to be a lifetime commitment to MS drugs. Until his wife Sue started looking online, and found OMS. Ten months, significant lifestyle changes, strong family support, and a strict diet later, Tim is fighting fit with no relapses to report.
He runs every day with his dog, completed the local half marathon in the spring, and was fresh from a 70-mile cycle when his fundraising event took place in May this year. Tim describes OMS as helping him to climb out of a dark hole, and this is why he put together the lunch which raised a shade over £11,200.
An inspirational ambassador
Addressing his guests, he explained the course of MS, his own story, the OMS program, and went on to urge any others who had come to terms with an MS diagnosis to engage and educate those with whom they come into contact.
Vital to Tim, he said, is reaching the people with MS who have not yet discovered OMS, and communicating to them its message of hope.
We applaud Tim for his decision to ‘come out’ so publicly; we give him a huge high five for the change he has made to his own future and for being such an inspirational OMS ambassador; and we thank him for the incredible event he hosted. The money and awareness he raised that day will go a long way to achieving his, and our, goal.