Welcome to Living Well with MS Coffee Break #7, where we welcome Trishna Bharadia as our guest!
As you now know, we decided to do something a little different in expanding the range of content we produce here at Living Well with MS. To honor the community that forms the beating heart of Overcoming MS, this special series called Coffee Break features short interviews with members of the OMS community talking about their personal journeys adopting and staying on the OMS 7 Step Recovery Program, the challenges they encountered and how they overcame them, and their tips and tricks for sticking to the path that leads to better health. We hope you enjoy and learn from these intermezzos between our regular episodes, and as always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trishna Bharadia is multi-award-winning patient advocate and a well-known face in the MS world. Diagnosed at the age of 28 in 2008, she has since worked hard to ensure that the voices of people with MS are heard throughout the healthcare journey. She is an Ambassador/Patron for several local, national and international charities. In 2015 she was chosen as one of six people out of over 11,000 nominations to take part in a special four-part series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. "The People's Strictly for Comic Relief" broadcast Trishna's MS story to millions of people in the UK and beyond, highlighting many of the hidden symptoms of the condition. She has won multiple awards for her work, including being recognized by the UK Prime Minister's Office with a Points of Light Award in 2018. In her spare time, she loves keeping active and regularly attends inclusive dance and Zumba classes.
- Can you tell us a little about yourself and your personal experience with MS?
- Tell us about your work as a health advocate and patient engagement consultant. What do these entail?
- How did your personal backstory influence your career trajectory?
- There is a diversity angle in your work; do you feel there is an inclusivity gap in available health services for people with MS?
- As an expert on the MS patient experience, what do you feel are the key issues to focus in order to broaden the sense of MS community and support?
- Finally, on a lighter note, you were featured on the BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. For the benefit of our global audience, can you tell us a bit about that show and your experience on it.
- As someone with MS, did appearing on “Strictly Come Dancing” represent some sort of milestone?
Coming up on our next episode:
On the next full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching August 19, 2020, Geoff Allix welcomes Grazina Berry, new Chief Executive Officer of the Overcoming MS charity, to the podcast. If you’d like to get to new Grazina and her vision for OMS, this is an episode not to be missed!
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