The support provided for young people with MS unfortunately does not cover the current needs. Consequently, newly diagnosed MSers are “condemned” to isolation, unable to make personal connections with their peers. Aiming to address this challenge, one of our most important moments of the year was undoubtedly the 2nd volume of the MS Sessions.
During the two-day event, EMSP – in partnership with Shift.ms – brought together 142 young MSers in the vibrant city of Bucharest. MS Sessions 2019 provided a platform for young people and their partners and carers–from 35 different countries– to exchange their experiences, find peer support and share best practices. We also took advantage of this opportunity to share the latest developments in the field of MS with the attendees in order to empower them to proactively manage their condition.Furthermore, we did not miss out on this unique chance to highlight the importance of young people getting involved in advocacy and campaigning opportunities, making their voice heard and ensuring they are represented by MS groups. During the two-days festival, 22 sessions were hosted by both professional clinical experts on multiple sclerosis, as well as MSers themselves, who shared their own inspiring experiences.
Amongst the experts were Dr. Jeremy Hobart (Consultant Neurologist - UK), Dr. Sharmilee Gnanapavan (Consultant Neurologist - UK), Dr. Sabina Brennan (Neuropsychologist - Ireland), Dr. George Radu Tanase (Director of the Physcos Institute - Romania) and Dr. Moira Tzitzika (Clinical Sexologist - Greece). During the week post to MS Sessions, EMSP’s Young People’s Network received 52 requests to join the group. The reach out also allowed new entries, like Ukraine, to join the European MS movement. Individuals have arranged meetups, been in contact with their local MS Society and shared information about their local networks.
We would like to thank Shift.ms for partnering up once again with EMSP, and all EMSP member societies for their strong support in growing and encouraging young people with MS to be active. Together we are stronger, and we can achieve a greater impact on addressing challenges raised by young MSers more efficiently.