Thank you to everyone who liked, followed and shared our World MS Day 2019 campaign yesterday (30 May 2019).
With a predicted 2.3 million people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) worldwide, thousands of organisations and millions of people came together in their local and online communities to raise awareness of the condition and particularly its hidden symptoms.
No two people experience MS in the same way and many of the symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, problems with bladder and bowel, balance, cognition, heat sensitivity, sensory problems, sexual dysfunction, mental health and sensory issues, are often not recognised or noticed because others simply cannot see them.
That’s why MS-UK took part in the World MS Day campaign, coordinated by the MS International Federation, to help raise awareness of hidden MS symptoms. In addition, we launched a survey about hidden MS symptoms, which will be open until the 30 June 2019, so please do share your thoughts. The invaluable information you provide will help inform how we raise awareness of hidden symptoms in the future and we want our campaign to be informed by the voices of people affected by MS. Click here to fill out the survey.
We would also like to thank MSer and very talented illustrator Jessie Ace who created three illustrations that show how some people experience situations due to hidden symptoms. These illustrations were shared with the MS community on MS-UK’s Twitter and Facebook pages on the 30 May. Many expressed how they could relate to the images which depicted fatigue, pain and bladder and bowel issues. In a bid to raise awareness and educate people we encouraged you to share them along with your own experiences to raise awareness and show the general public the not so obvious symptoms of MS., As a result, these posts have been viewed and shared hundreds of time and have helped to raise awareness of hidden symptoms. Thank you!