In a few weeks I’ll be heading to The Big Easy for The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers annual meeting. As the blogger for CMSC I’ll have a front row seat to this incredible four-day event that’s packed with programming for MS health professionals.
I’ll be surrounded by thousands of delegates and exhibitors under one roof who share a common goal: To improve the lives of those affected by multiple sclerosis.
Do I feel blessed to be able to spend four days with them?
You bet I do.
The landscape of Multiple Sclerosis has drastically changed since my 1986 diagnosis. In those early days I’d spend hours at the library searching for information about my new disease. Librarians scratched their heads when I asked for help, then quickly directed me to the card catalog to look for answers.
In the end I barely found enough literature to educate myself on what MS was and what I could do to stay healthy, if at all.
Today I feel as if I’m living a dream because I’m able to meet world renowned MS leaders face-to-face who can give me answers. As a blogger I’m excited to write what I learn. As a patient I’m filled with gratitude for the huge strides being made to help the MS community.
“Our four day agenda is filled with lectures, symposia, workshops, roundtables, and dinner programs that will enhance professional practice and improve treatment outcomes in multiple sclerosis.” ~The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
The meeting also provides a comprehensive educational component to keep professionals up-to-date on the latest in clinical practice and research.
“There are over 130 educational hours to meet the needs of our multi-disciplinary learners: physicians, nursing professionals, rehabilitation specialists, mental health experts, advocates, and pharmacists. This year’s agenda features national and international experts on comprehensive care and research, basic information for novice clinicians, advanced clinical courses to enhance professional performance, and specific tracks for neurologic clinicians, nursing professionals, rehabilitation specialists, mental health specialists, and patient advocates. A wide variety of educational experiences await our multidisciplinary delegates.” ~The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
Looking forward to learning what is new in #MultipleSclerosis care at #CMSC2017 @mscare @cathyches
As I enter my 31st year of living with MS I’m also looking at a certain age ending in zero in the not-too-distant future. These milestones remind me that aging and MS are part of my reality, and I’m concerned how I’ll function in the coming years. Once again I need to know more.
What research has been done on an aging MS population? What types of programs for health, education, physical activity, emotional support and financial planning are available? How do we plan for an unpredictable future? What is healthy aging? What social resources are available? How can I access high quality care? What is the current data on mortality and MS? The list of questions are endless.
I used to think the topic of aging and MS was understudied, but now thanks to some amazing people that’s no longer true.
One of them is Marijean Buhse, a professor at Stony Brook University and nurse practitioner at South Shore Neurologic Associates P.C. Marijean is concerned with improving health care in older adults and her work reflects that concern. I look forward to interviewing her to see what I can learn. Please stay tuned.
I’ll be conducting other fascinating interviews in New Orleans and when I return I’ll be writing several posts about them, along with other news and information I think is important for you to know. I hope you’ll be on the lookout for them.
NOTE: Please follow the conference on Twitter with the hashtag #CMSC2017
If you’re interested in attending the 2017 CMSC annual meeting please click here to register.
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