World MS Day unites individuals and organizations from around the world to raise awareness and move us closer to a world free of MS. The theme for 2017 is ‘Life with MS.’

In 2009, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) and its members initiated the first World MS Day. Together they have reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world, with a campaign focusing on a different theme each year.

Multiple sclerosis and the MS movement – everyone engaged in addressing the challenges of MS today while moving toward long-term solutions for tomorrow – become better known each year. But more must be done. Together they are stronger when it comes to increasing awareness and support to create a world free of MS.

You can help ensure that more people understand what life with MS can be like, and engage more people to do something about it. When people connect with one another, they become stronger than MS — they make breakthroughs that they could not do alone.

What is a breakthrough? It’s being able button their shirt in the morning. It’s walking to the supermarket, and all the way back home. It’s getting back up on that bike, that surfboard, that horse. It’s having the first dance at their daughter’s wedding. Feeling strong enough to fall in love. Continuing that job they were made for.

If you have had a personal experience with MS, please share your breakthrough stories on any social media with the hashtag #WeareStrongerthanMS. Throughout the year, they’ll bring your post together with those shared by others across the nation, at wearestrongerthanMS.org, where all can find solutions, strength and inspiration through collective experiences.

Helping others better understand this complex and unpredictable disease is critical to fueling the progress that changes lives for people affected by MS and ultimately will end the disease forever.

For a link to World MS day go to http://www.chcneo.com/education and click on the WMS icon.

Locally, Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc., dba Afton and Grove Community Health Centers continue to serve the area with the finest in personalized health care. For details or to schedule an appointment contact (918) 257-8029 or (918) 801-7504 or check us out on the web at www.chcneo.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

– Lee Hilliard, D.Min., Th.D., CAC, is the Outreach and Enrollment Specialist at the Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma. For local enrollment assistance with Marketplace, Insure Oklahoma or SoonerCare, please contact Lee at 918-219-4486 or lhilliard@chcneo.org.