Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) is a truly amazing, new, small charity that offers real and genuine hope to MS sufferers.
OMS was founded by Professor George Jelinek, whose mother died of MS in 1981. Towards the end of her life, she was totally incapacitated, unable to feed or care for herself. In 1999, George too was diagnosed with MS.
As a Professor in Emergency Medicine and Editor in Chief of a major medical journal, George was equipped to trawl through the medical literature on MS, doing extensive research, and looking at all the trials done over the years. George found simple lifestyle changes could truly keep people well after a diagnosis. George, and many others who follow the programme remain well, symptom and relapse free.
5,000 people each year in the UK are diagnosed with MS, and with that often comes the prognosis of a very bleak future. People need to know that OMS is out there, and that there is hope. OMS gives back control to people who have been robbed of it by their MS diagnosis.
Through lifestyle modification, people on the OMS programme are altering things in their favour. This is a programme that allows people to do something for themselves. OMS aims to raise awareness and funds in order to give more people access to the information.
I myself, when diagnosed with MS, was told that there was very little that I could do to halt the progression of the disease. I was left feeling powerless, and like a ticking time bomb. All of this changed when I heard Professor Jelinek speak at a conference. That day, he gave me hope and re-ignited my zest for life. Ted and I feel passionately about this young and incredible charity that truly gives people with MS their future back. Since starting the programme in July 2013, I have felt better than I have for a long time (even before my diagnosis!), and I remain well and symptom free.