MS Awareness Week: Generating Awareness at ‘Living Well With MS’

Over the course of the last month the MS Register team has been attending MS events organised by some of our clinical partners and funded by the MS Society.

The first of these events took place on Friday 22nd March at Parc Y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli; home of the prestigious Scarlets rugby team. The ‘Living Well With MS’ event welcomed approximately 80 people and included talks about understanding the disease, the science behind MS research, the impact of diet and exercise on MS and how to improve mental wellbeing.

Living Well With MS forms part of a wider initiative by the MS Society in a series of events designed to maintain and improve emotional wellbeing and provide practical advice to help people live well with MS.

In the second of these events, a smaller delegation was invited to the Mercure Hotel in Swansea on 12th April to take part in a similarly structured day but designed for an audience of newly diagnosed people with MS.

In a positive and supportive environment, the MS Register was able to engage directly with our partners, participants and those unaware of what we do. The events gave us the opportunity to highlight how the crucial work we’re involved can have huge potential for MS research.

The events were organised by the MS clinical team at Morriston Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board in conjunction with MS Society Cymru and its local branches. Consultant Neurologist at Swansea, Dr Owen Pearson, said of the event ‘it’s a wonderful opportunity to support the people with MS who attend our clinics by providing information on the different MS types, managing symptoms, treatments and latest research. It also allows us to highlight the support that’s available in the local community’.