On the 24th November, I packed my bags, hopped on a plane and joined the first ever MS Sessions
If you’ve never heard of MS Sessions, or you’d like to learn more, I’ve written a handy (brief) guide
So what actually was MS Sessions?
MS Sessions was a 2 day event, held in Prague (Czech Republic), that was absolutely chocked full of inspirational speakers, handy MS tips, and community building activities. This was the first ever MS Sessions (hoping that there are many more to come) and it was absolutely mind blowing! The event was organised in partnership by Shift.MS, and the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP). There was absolutely loads on the agenda! Not only were we treated to talks on both Saturday and Sunday, but the entire group was invited to attend dinner at a traditional Czech restaurant on the Saturday night, and optional walking tours of different parts of the city.
Loads of topics were discussed: Diet, medication, healthy living, positive thinking, even sex!
You’re probably wondering why I was invited, and how you get a ticket for the next one?!
Well, the event was invite only, and was specifically designed for young MSers (aged 16-40) living in Europe. I first heard about the event in August this year through the Shift.MS Facebook page (follow it to make sure you don’t miss out on the next one). I had to send my CV (resume) and a letter of motivation off to Shift.MS to apply. A few weeks letter, I was overjoyed to receive an email telling me that I had been accepted! When I arrived I was welcomed by over 100 other MSers, expert neurologists, therapists, personal trainers, and dietitians!
So what was the point of the MS Sessions? Was it just an excuse to take a trip over to Prague and over indulge on Czech food?!
The sessions helped equip young MSers with the tools they need to become active members of the MS community. Whether that’s volunteering, becoming an advocate, or even sharing the experience with others locally or through social media.
And I have to say.. it worked!
I feel so inspired to become a much more active member of the MS Community, to engage more often with other MSers, and to spread the word about positivity with MS
So to conclude…
The MS Sessions was truly eye opening. I used to hate the thought of going to an ‘MS club’. I thought that it’d be a group where the only thing I’d have In common with everyone else was MS. Where we would just sit around and complain about how awful we felt all session. Sit in a small room and share horror stories about how dreadful life with MS is.
I was so wrong!
This weekend I feel honoured to have met so many wonderfully positive people. The MS community is filled with amazing and inspiring individuals. I’ve made lifelong friends, had unique experiences, and been a part of history.
If you’d like to know more, or become part of this amazing community, then check out…