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Taking Action with MS

July 21, 2015

One of the best things anyone can do is motivate themselves and others to overcome any obstacles they encounter in their lives. This is exactly what projects such as Oceans of Hope stand for and aim to achieve through their Sailing Sclerosis movement. 

The Sailing Sclerosis movement was founded by Dr. Mikkel Anthonisen in 2013, with the idea behind it being to search for the meaning and quality of life. The meaning of the foundation as they stated is to “tell the world that disability can be changed to ability,” through its projects, such as the aforementioned Oceans of Hope. 

Oceans of Hope is a project that is inspiring everyone around the globe and changing their perspectives about multiple sclerosis (MS). Their mission is to show everyone that it is possible to challenge yourself mentally and physically while gaining strength in both of these fields. Primarily, the project aims to have those who are participating to gain inspiration from themselves and their actions, as well as others fighting the chronic disease.

On their interactive map that is featured on the site, they explain the various routes they pursue and show where they will be traveling while sailing the open waters. The places they will travel through all include the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean and other bodies of water around the world.

The participants enter the boat by being considered as a part of one of three categories. They endure a designated length of the trip according to which category they are placed in, but they will typically be aboard anywhere from two to twelve weeks.

Category one includes ocean crossings for MS patients that have little or no disability and have prior sailing experience. While the second category ventures out to coastal or island to island trip, this includes patients that have little to moderate disability, with some preferred prior sailing experience. Category three is where MS patients with moderate disability or those without sailing experience take day drips in protected waters with hospitable climate zones.

The patients not only connect with themselves and the disease they are living with, but with others that are in the same boat as them (pun intended). Sometimes they are even meeting others with the same disease as them for the first time.

There are many other organizations that have begun to take action when it comes to MS and other diseases as well. Though organizations vary in their actions and in the way they reach the public, they are all calling attention and taking action towards an important cause. 

Taking Action with MS - Tue July 21, 2015 12:28 PM