Every year the global multiple sclerosis (MS) community comes together to mark World MS Day, an occasion dedicated to spreading awareness about MS and the millions of people living with it.
This year, World MS Day falls on Wednesday May 30th, and will follow the theme of #bringinguscloser, focusing on how research can not only improve the lives of people living with MS now, but also ultimately bring us closer to a future where MS is no more.
The official World MS Day website explains:
“The #bringinguscloser campaign is about connecting people affected by MS with those involved in MS research, including scientists, students, nurses, fundraisers, volunteers, and more. It’s a chance to come together to celebrate what we’ve achieved in MS research so far, and share our hopes for the future.”
Helping people with MS lead longer, healthier and happier lives is at the very heart of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) as an organisation. The OMS 7-step Recovery Program was developed through an extensive review of the available evidence. In fact, in developing the OMS diet and lifestyle recommendations, Professor George Jelinek referenced over 1,000 pieces of research.
While the initial OMS recommendations cited in the 2010 edition of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide To Recovery are still valid today, we recognize the evolving nature of research and strive to always inform the OMS community of any new research findings that may further enhance their well-being.
Furthermore, George and the team at the Neuroepidemiology Unit (NEU) at the University of Melbourne monitor the results experienced by those following the OMS 7-step Recovery Program. An example of this is the NEU’s 2012 HOLISM study that surveyed more than 2,500 people from 57 countries. This is one of the largest studies of its kind and has so far produced 14 published research papers.
Additionally the Stop-MS Study (Study of People Attending MS Retreats) which commenced in April 2002 with the first group to attend an OMS retreat has looked at the quality of life of those attending such retreats. One of the study’s key findings was that people on the OMS 7-step Recovery Program experience an average 20% improvement in quality of life at the five year mark.
Smita Das is one of the many thousands of people who have benefited from following OMS’ evidence-based recommendations. She began following the program in 2015, a few months after being diagnosed with MS. For World MS Day, Smita has decided to share her journey with us in a blog that will be published later this month.
As the #bringinguscloser campaign focuses on connecting people with MS with researchers and medical professionals, we have put together a short video where both George and Smita share their perspectives on the benefits of research and how it has transformed their lives. Watch the video above.
To participate in the conversation this World MS Day, be sure to use the hashtags #bringinguscloser and #OvercomingMS on social media.