Many people may wonder, “Why should I register with the National MS Society?” In this section several individuals who are living with MS would like to share their personal stories of why they registered with Society. Whether diagnosed today or 20 years ago, we encourage you to register (free of charge) and become a member of the Society.
Alex- Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and having my insurance costs double, I felt it was vital to register and get involved as an advocate. The information the Society gives me is invaluable both as a consumer and someone trying to reach out to legislators and the general public concerning the needs of those with MS and the cost of health care. I owe a debt of gratitude to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for all their support.
Annette- The Society helped in so many ways during my time of uncertainty. They listened to my story and mailed information specific to my individual symptoms. The Society arranged care management, provided a grant to assist with clothing and school supplies for my children, helped educate me on how to talk with my children about MS and assisted with my utilities after I resigned from my job due to MS symptoms.
Elda- When I was diagnosed with MS I was in turmoil and scared out of my mind. I needed answers, and I needed reassurance. That is why I registered - to build a network of support. Being Hispanic, I then wondered how many Hispanics with MS go without treatment or help because of the language barrier, not to mention the lack of education or accessibility to a computer. I advocate for the National MS Society to make sure nobody is denied knowledge.
Kristine- Last spring, after registering with the Society, they awarded me a scholarship for aquatic exercise. I have experienced improvements due to aquatic exercise classes I have faithfully participated in for over a year now. My old self is emerging. I am not well, but I am encouraged. I have hope. The scholarship enabled me to increase the number of exercise sessions. Each session compounded the benefit of the one before. Making waves is integral toward the recovery of my life!
Erin- I registered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society because I want to raise awareness among the youth who struggle with MS and let them know that there is hope. MS is a serious and life-changing disease, but I will not let it stop me. This past December I graduated from East Carolina University, six years after learning my diagnosis as a college freshman. With a positive outlook on life, I face every struggle with perseverance.
Wayne- In 1998 when I was diagnosed with MS I was frightened and confused. During this time I realized I needed a strong support network though the many unknowns. I registered with the MS Society after the realization that my life would move forward, and I could do so with the Society’s help. Today, I spread the word about the Society because I want to be available and support others in any capacity that I can.