Be a part of the community
When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), it can feel good to engage with others who know what you are going through. Supporting others can strengthen you as well. Taking a proactive path to self-care has so many benefits. And at the end of the day, participating and surrounding yourself with like-minded people helps everyone involved.
Let’s start with the basics
One way to participate is by signing up for
This year, EMD Serono, Inc., the sponsor of MS LifeLines, will again be a national sponsor for Walk MS. This global company is built on 350 years of vibrant science and technology and has discovered a wide range of treatments. EMD has proudly been involved with the Walk MS event for over 20 years.
But maybe walking isn’t your cup of tea. Why not help build up the community and
Another way to volunteer is through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s
If you can’t make it to a more formal and organized event, then
Untapped resources close to home
Being a part of events and the community doesn’t have to mean physically participating in an activity. You can join in any way that you are able to. There are also untapped resources very close to home that are often overlooked—such as your own community.
A great place to start is at a support group through local or national organizations. Approach places of worship, clubs, or activities that you are already involved in.
There are also many ways to engage your community independently. Cheer someone on from the sidelines. Hand out water or a smile at a walk. Raise money for awareness. Find a mentor. Help strengthen yourself by widening your circle of support. Remember, it takes only 2 people to start a community and get involved.
A community at your fingertips
Online communities are easy to overlook, but they can have a powerful impact. You can carve out a niche by creating or joining a social media page or group. If you’re looking to exchange opinions or have a conversation in an open forum, there are a ton of online groups for people similar to you.
Some of the most popular chat rooms include
As you can see, there really are so many simple ways to get involved. Why not take a step in a new or undiscovered direction? Walk MS says it best: “Together, we are stronger.” So, support, walk, volunteer, bike, fundraise, swim, or obstacle course your way to the finish line. Have fun. Engage. Get stronger. Help others. Find meaning. The community needs you!