More than 1,000 doctors and researchers met at ACTRIMS (Americas Committee for the Treatment and Research in MS) to share research results, focused on understanding more of the basic biology of MS to find better therapies.
Advances were reported from many different avenues of research, driving breakthroughs that will stop MS, restore function and end MS forever.
"When I make visits to the infusion center for my treatment, I meet others who are battling with me and it's most always an automatic, tight-knit connection right off the bat. I hear stories of what "used to be" from MS veterans and it's so uplifting to know that progress is being made with help from Bike MS fundraising we do each year." - Jessica Lam, who was diagnosed with MS in 2007
"I can’t stand. That’s the entire sentence—not an abridged version or a double entendre. I really have a difficult time standing in place...Unfortunately, there’s a WHOLE lot of standing in this world."
Miguel climbed 61 flights of stairs while wearing a 40-pound vest and carrying his 60-pound son on his back in support of his wife who is living with MS.
"This Valentine’s Day, I am my own Valentine! I’m sending myself all of the mental roses I can to congratulate myself for making it this far. Every single day that I wake up, get out of bed, and smile is something to celebrate...Do yourself a favor this Valentine’s Day and love yourself. On your good days, bad days and those in between; you are fighting your silent battle every single day, so take this day to say 'I'm amazing.'"
How do you practice self-love?
"We’re helping our mommy and her team raise money for Walk MS 2018. This is a very special thing to us, because our mom has MS, so we wanna help her and everyone with it find a cure. Every bit helps, and we appreciate your help! Woof! Love, Evey and Remi." --eveythelab_remithepitt shared on Instagram. #walkMS
You can be an MS activist and drive change by sharing your story - no experience required. Meet local activists at the state capitol on February 27 and join more than 100,000 activists nationwide at http://ntl.ms/BecomeAnMSActivist. Register for Minnesota State Action Day at http://ntl.ms/2AGalYb.
A research team funded by the National MS Society found that a program of exercises focusing on balance, including eye and head movements and walking, improved balance, fatigue, cognition, dizziness and quality of life in people with MS significantly more than an untreated control group.
Innovative research is being done in the area of myelin repair in MS. Read some of the latest findings presented at the 2018 ACTRIMS Forum.
"Bike MS has become a family tradition. It's the first thing that goes on my calendar every year. I ride because it allows me to fight back against my mom's disease, while remembering my dad. I also love meeting the other riders and hearing their story. I'm very chatty on the road!" - Krista, when asked why she rides in #bikeMS.