Swim MS

Swimming to support those with Multiple Sclerosis

Jack Osbourne Talks MS

In 2014 I heard that Jack Osbourne lives with MS.  In this video, he addresses his relationship with MS while also helping others share their stories.

The MS Society they refer to here is the UK Society.  While the MS Society of Canada offers slightly different services and programs it is still important to hear these stories and to learn about how it affects countries outside of Canada.  Often these organizations help each other learn and improve as well.  Osbourne mentions that the UK has 100,000 people living with MS.  This was the same number that Canada released over a year ago.  These numbers have certainly changed since.  Canada does have the highest rate of MS in the world, but the UK and other Northern European countries have only slightly lower rates.

If you are from the UK and you happen to follow this site, please reach out to your society and learn how to donate or volunteer.  For those in Canada, please visit www.mssociety.ca


Anyone who follows SwimMS has heard me like a broken record.  I will however, say it again - Canada is the country with the Highest rate of MS in the world.  Once again:


I say it so often and every time I do there are surprised faces in the crowd.  Clearly that means I need to keep saying it until everyone knows.  It's a shocking fact.  It's also shocking that women are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed than men, and shocking still that people are most often diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 40.  I believe that young people in Canada need to be aware of these facts.  I believe that we should at least know what MS is and how it affects us.

The following videos provide some answers to common questions about research, provided by Dr. Karen Lee.  In these clips we also meet Jonathan Allenger, a young man who reflects on the shock and uncertainty of being diagnosed with MS.


Action to end MS pt 1:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oni7O0HpoJc&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Flee%20or%20Fight&utm_campaign=

Action to end MS pt 2:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfS3ijfQuLM