For those of you who are not familiar with it, MS Life is the biggest MS information event in Europe!
It attracts people from across the globe, with MS officials coming all the way from the USA, which included Weyman Johnson (pictured below), who came to MS Life 2012 from the USA, representing the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.
For me personally, MS Life was a game changer and made a huge Positive difference to "my MS life".
Weyman Johnson - MS Advocate
It completely changed the way I felt about having MS and gave me confidence, belief and a better understanding of the condition and what it meant to me personally.
My first MS Life, was back in 2008. I remember it really well, as at the time I was still in what I refer to as the MS CLOSET. It was not long after I had been diagnosed and I was still apprehensive about MS and didn't really know how I felt about it.
I remember taking the weekend of work which was a struggle in itself, as I worked in the retail trade and taking weekends of, was a big no no. I didn't want anyone knowing I had MS, never mind that I am going to the biggest MS event in Europe! So, me being me, I made up an elaborate excuse about having to go to a stockbrokers conference in London. I knew this would be a safe option, as everyone knew I was obsessed with shares and the stock market and no one would ask any questions :)
I also made sure no one outside the family knew where I was going and I left early Saturday morning, so I wouldn't bump into anybody I knew. Very luckily, I live in Manchester, so going to MS Life was a 20 minute drive. Rather than a transatlantic journey as it is for many people going to MS Life (The MS Society do offer grants to people who live in different parts of the country, so they can stay in hotels,travel to venue and enjoy the weekend).
I parked my car and made my way to the entrance, I was actually quite nervous and almost shy of going in, but as soon as entered it hit me… WOW! What a venue and what an event, I couldn't believe all this was being done for people with MS! There was so much going on! I mean, there were Researchers, Doctors, scientists, even the Chief Executive if the MS Society, with whom you could have a live Q&A!
Live Q&A session with panel, including then Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie)
There were also stalls with people selling disability items, different MS organisations, people giving talks and even cookery demonstrations. There was even a Disco night in the evening!
The visitors were from all walks of life, not just people affected by MS. For me, it was just so great to see different types of MSers. Those walking normally, some with sticks, others with scooters or wheelchairs. It was actually liberating to be in a place and not worry about who's staring at you and what they're thinking.
The event was over two days and I enjoyed every minute of it! So when I found out it was happening again in 2012... I didn't need a second invitation!
Next year sees the return of MS Life to Manchester for MS Life 2014 and it's gonna be another fantastic event.
If you don't want to get involved with anything MS related, just come down for a free coffee and massage (Yes, there is a spa area too!).
Trust me, you'll have a great time and won't regret it! I urge you not to miss out on this fantastic event, it will change your life!
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Here's a video summering what MS Life means to people: