MS Society: Every Day Matters

MS Everyday Matters Web siteSometimes all we need to harness our inner strength is an encouraging word.

In fact, the National MS Society and Genzyme, a manufacturer of therapies targeting multiple sclerosis (MS) and rare diseases, are betting on it. Their new collaboration, Everyday Matters, will use positive psychology to help five people with MS lead stronger, more enabled lives.

Building on research that links an individual’s mindset and social support system to overall well-being, the five participants will use positive psychology to address wellness, work/education, relationships, family and empowerment.

“Our hope is to empower the MS community through simple techniques and inspiring stories,” said positive psychology expert Shawn Achor. “Each of these individuals brings their own background, experience and perspective to the program. We can all learn from them as they practice new strategies for approaching unique yet relatable goals.”

Meet the team:

  • Sallie Harrison – A fourth-grade teacher and mother, Sallie was diagnosed with MS in 2011. She worries that MS may compromise her ability to continue her career as a teacher.
  • Connie Kirchner – Being in a wheelchair made Connie lose confidence, but now she is learning how to spice up her style with wheelchair-appropriate clothing—and help other women do the same.
  • Brenda Martin – An MS diagnosis motivated Brenda, a single mom, to lose 100 pounds. Now she’s set her sights on dating.
  • Elizabeth Pontillo – At age 25, Elizabeth is questioning how to live a full life with MS.
  • Jim Stoneberger – MS is forcing Jim, a hard-working professional, to better manage his time and abilities so he can spend more time with his family.

Each participant’s journey will be recorded in a video series produced by Kristen Adams, an Emmy-award winning producer who also hash MS, as well as through personal text, video and photo journals. Visitors to the site can also check out toolkits and other resources related to positive psychology. Click here to connect with Everyday Matters.