What is Living Like You?

If you’re on this website, you’re probably impacted by multiple sclerosis (MS) in one way or another. For those of you living with MS, we know that you are far more than just a person living with this disease. You’re a person living—with hopes and dreams that go far beyond the limitations and fears that MS may present at times.

Living Like You is here to empower and support those impacted by MS to live fuller lives. Our team of bloggers are real people with MS, facing similar triumphs and challenges, and finding unique ways to live fulfilling lives that can inspire a movement. Together they address important topics ranging from sex and parenthood to the benefits of handicapped parking badges, and new developments in the science around MS.

As you’ll see, these people have MS, but MS doesn’t have them. They are not alone: all over the world, people are actively taking control of their MS. Today, it’s possible to do more than simply live with multiple sclerosis. With a wealth of resources and support available—and therapies to manage symptoms of MS—people all around the world are finding that it’s possible to continue living their ordinary lives by managing their symptoms and staying positive.

At Living Like You, we want to hear from you and we hope you’ll join the conversation. Check out our Facebook page and Twitter handle, where we hope you’ll find useful information to support you on your journey.

Living Like You is sponsored by Novartis Pharma AG, who is committed to providing unbiased, useful and productive resources for the global MS community. It is our goal to support you on your journey through the ups and downs of life with MS.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. Your central nervous system (CNS) includes your brain and spinal cord, which contains special kinds of cells called neurons, designed to send signals throughout your body.1 These signals are responsible for many functions, including balance, physical coordination, eyesight, and memory.2

In MS, the body’s own immune system attacks the central nervous system. These can create patches of scar tissue called sclerosis, or lesions. In fact, the name multiple sclerosis actually means “many scars.” 2 The signs and symptoms of MS, can be complex and varied because they depend on where in the CNS the scars are forming.

Nobody knows what causes MS, but the good news is that our understanding of the disease is improving all the time. With better understanding comes better management, which nowadays can mean more normal lives for people living with MS. We would like to help you to live better by sharing advice on how to manage your MS and stay positive. Welcome!

1. Heesen C, Shäffler N, Kasper J, Mühlhauser I, Köpke S. Suspected multiple sclerosis: What to do? Evaluation of a patient information leaflet. Mult Scler. 2009;15:1103-1112.

2. What is Multiple Sclerosis? National Multiple Sclerosis Society Web site. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS. Accessed on 11 February 2011.

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