Learn more about Multiple Sclerosis through an illustrated story based on a person's real life experiences with MS.
Chapters about Multiple Sclerosis
MS Xplained can be read in any order! If Multiple Sclerosis is new to you, we recommend you start with "What is MS?" but otherwise, feel free to jump in wherever you’d like. You can also share a chapter with a friend, and take your own notes anywhere in the story!
Now that you’ve checked out the MS Xplained story, hopefully you know a bit more about MS and it’s potential effect on your brain.
But if you’ve got more questions, talk to your team.
Your neurologist and your healthcare team can help you learn more about your MS, and any new questions you might have. If you want to talk to your team, but can’t remember what you wanted to ask, why not bring along your notes from the story?
Sommer's been diagnosed with MS
Hi, I’m Sommer! I’d been having headaches and speech difficulties for a little while, but it wasn’t until I was having some trouble writing and lost movement on one side, that my doctors diagnosed me with MS.
If you want to know a bit more about me, and learn the background of the MS Xplained story, watch my video.
Experts involved in MS Xplained
A collaborative community effort.
A wide community of people have contributed to the development of MS Xplained. The starting point being the story of Sommer, as well as those people who participated in our focus group.
Medical experts, relevant medical bodies and medical institutions were all involved to create reliable and accurate information you can depend on.
Partners of MS Xplained
Medicine X would like to thank their sponsor Sanofi Genzyme and partners MS Australia and MS Research Australia for their collaboration on MS Xplained
MS Australia is the national voice for people with multiple sclerosis. They work in advocacy and communications, and collaborate with stakeholders to benefit thousands of people affected by MS across the country.
MS Australia also advocate and communicate on behalf of all their state member organisations who work tirelessly providing services, programs and support to the MS community.msaustralia.org.au
MS Research Australia
MS Research Australia is the largest not-for-profit organisation dedicated to funding, coordinating, educating and advocating for MS research in Australia, as part of the worldwide effort to unravel the complexity of MS.
Their primary mission is to accelerate research towards prevention, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for MS.msra.org.au
Sanofi puts consumers at the heart of all their activities. They are always looking for more effective and safer solutions to improve human health, as well as more affordable and cost-effective therapies to which all patients will have access. Sanofi offers people unparalleled access to the broadest spectrum of health products and services that:
- Improve health with prescription and over-the-counter medicines
- Maintain healthy body and mind with vitamins, minerals and supplements
- Prevent illness and the spread of disease with vaccines
- Manage rare diseases and physical conditions
Medicine X Story
Working as a medical doctor, I realized that far too many patients are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. There’s a disconnect between the language that doctors use and what everyday people understand. This can make you feel incredibly hopeless and anxious at an often very difficult time in your life.
We believe there is a better way. We believe all patients – regardless of age, gender, culture or condition – should have access to medical information they can understand! Everyone should feel informed and empowered in order to engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions.
This is why Medicine X was created.
Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair
Founder, Medicine X
About MS Xplained
The MS Xplained story is based on a real person – Sommer! It reflects her story, her experiences, and her advice to others. There have also been lots of people who contributed along the way with their stories and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create MS Xplained!
The Medicine X team are doctors, artists, and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Our team has worked to ensure that you get information that is correct and up-to-date.
Each of the stories we create is different, so there are experts in the field of neurology that have reviewed the story to ensure it is spot on in terms of medical information. These experts are MS professionals from all across Australia.