Research shows that more than 50% of the people living with MS will experience another chronic health condition in their lifetime. These additional health conditions, known as comorbidities, have been shown to negatively affect disability progression and health-related quality of life. In other words, living with comorbidities makes living with MS more challenging than it has to be.
Joining me to talk about living with MS while managing and even avoiding comorbidities is Dr. Alissa Willis, Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
I'm also sharing my take-aways after watching Introducing, Selma Blair, the documentary film that portrays Selma Blair's MS journey and her stem cell therapy treatment.
You'll hear some thoughts about why including patients in conference presentations about the patient perspective might just be a good idea.
You'll meet MS patient advocate Julie Stamm when we talk with Julie about her new children's book, SOME DAYS: A Tale of Love, Ice Cream, and My Mom's Chronic Illness. (And we'll tell you how you can win your own copy of Julie's book!)
And we'll share completely different outcomes from two mesenchymal stem cell clinical trials.
We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!
Some thoughts about the documentary film, Introducing, Selma Blair 1:12
Don't forget the patients in presentations about the patient perspective 9:14
MS patient advocate Julie Stamm talks about her new children's book, SOME DAYS: A Tale of Love, Ice Cream, and My Mom's Chronic Illness 11:25
Two Mesenchymal Stem Cell clinical trial outcomes 19:49
Dr. Alissa Willis discusses living with MS while managing and even avoiding comorbidities 23:01
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RealTalk MS Episode 217
Guests: Julie Stamm and Dr. Alissa Willis
Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, RealTalkMS