Many of our local, state, and national leaders seem to be declaring that the pandemic has ended and it's back to business as usual. But if you're living with MS, how comfortable are you with the idea of being out in a world where everyone isn't fully vaccinated, and mask mandates have been cancelled?
Dr. Meghan Beier and Emily Reilly join me to discuss how to manage your fear and anxiety, build resilience, and deal with the emotional impact of living life in a world where COVID-19 is considered an endemic virus.
Dr. Beier is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a psychologist with specialized training in health psychology, neuropsychology, and multiple sclerosis.
Emily Reilly is a certified physical trainer and a National MS Society staff member on the Advocacy and Healthcare Access Team. Emily lives with MS, and we'll talk with Emily about how her life has been impacted by the pandemic and how she's found ways to cope with some challenging but all too familiar situations.
We'll also share details of the new 3-year strategic plan unveiled by the International Progressive MS Alliance.
We'll tell you about new investments in MS research in the U.K.
You'll hear about how iConquer MS is expanding its outreach to include kids and teens living with MS and their parents.
And we'll share our plans for attending the first MS research conference in person as the ACTRIMS Forum 2022 gets underway this week.
We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!
The ACTRIMS Forum 2022 begins this week 2:33
International Progressive MS Alliance Unveils a 3-Year Strategic Plan 5:38
iConquer MS expands to include pediatric MS 8:25
About our show notes 9:47
U.K. MS Society invests $1.5 million in new research 11:55
Dr. Meghan Beier and Emily Reilly discuss dealing with the emotional impact of the pandemic 14:13
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RealTalk MS Episode 234
Guests: Dr. Meghan Beier and Emily Reilly
Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, RealTalkMS