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National Multiple Sclerosis Society To Host Black MS Experience Summit

Posted on September 09, 2021
Article written by
Torrey Kim

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can affect different populations in unique ways. Evidence indicates that Black people experience certain MS symptoms — such as walking issues and balance problems — with greater frequency and severity than other populations. They also experience frequent relapses at a higher rate. To highlight the unique challenges experienced by Black people living with MS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting a Black MS Experience Summit.

During the two-day virtual event, the organization will provide participants with the opportunity “to connect with others who understand the distinct experience of life with MS as a Black person.” As part of the summit, participants are invited to join a variety of breakout sessions, including:

  • “Self-Advocacy in MS” — Participants can identify their personal goals, understand their strengths and needs, and find out their legal rights so they can effectively self-advocate.
  • “You and MS Research” — This session will provide an inside look at how participation in MS research can help advance treatment and diagnosis and increase understanding of the disease’s impact on different populations.
  • “MS and the Family” — Managing relations with family members and friends can be challenging for anyone, whether or not they have MS. During this session, people can explore strategies for navigating family relationships in light of an MS diagnosis.
  • “Navigating MS as a Millennial” — Socializing, family planning, and weighing career options are just a few challenges that millennials with MS can face. During this panel discussion, members of the millennial generation will share frank discussions about life with MS.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will also host additional panels as part of the event, as well as small group breakout sessions so people can have more candid conversations with close-knit groups of people.

The summits will run Sept. 22 through Sept. 23. Free registration is available on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website.

Register Here

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Torrey Kim is a freelance writer with MyHealthTeam. Learn more about her here.

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