We are excited to launch ‘Sidecar’, a short film following the story of Kush, a 36 year-old living with active Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS) and a passion for motorcycle road racing.

To raise awareness of MS and its progression with patients, as well as their families, friends, carers and the general public, Shift.ms, together with Novartis, created ‘Sidecar’ as the first on-screen portrayal of the realities of active SPMS.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be thought of as a scale, where people move along through phases of the disease throughout their lives. Establishing which one of these phases of MS you have will allow your doctor to tailor your care to suit you best1. These phases are Primary Progressive MS (PPMS), Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS) and Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS)1. There can be some doubt over which phase someone has, as diagnosis of the phases can be tricky1. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you stay on top of your symptoms by keeping track of them, for example in a diary, to understand if existing symptoms are getting worse, changing or if new symptoms are being discovered. By helping your MS team with tracking signs of symptoms it will ensure that you’re following the best course of treatment for you and could slow down the overall rate of progression2.

It’s rare that MS is featured on screen. In fact, this film is the first on-screen example of the portrayal of the condition’s progression, with Kush candidly talking to his family and friends about his recent doctors’ appointments, progression and his symptoms.

The film was informed by people living with MS and doctors to ensure it’s true to life and people’s first-hand experiences.

Watch the full Sidecar film here.

 

References:

  1. MS Trust. MS: the facts. Available at: https://www.mstrust.org.uk/about-ms/what-ms/ms-facts. Accessed June 2020.
  2. Thrower, B. (2007). Clinically isolated syndromes: Predicting and delaying multiple sclerosis. Neurology, 68 (Issue 24, Supplement 4), pp.S12-S15
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