International Women's Day: Meet the women in our MS community

Today is International Women’s Day, and we’re celebrating all the fabulous women in our MS community. They’ve been achieving amazing things, from researching and writing to campaigning and volunteering.

Let’s meet some of the inspirational women who are showing MS who’s boss:

Michelle – Fitness fighter

Michelle (photo above) has been sticking it to MS since she was diagnosed at 19. She’s always been a fitness fanatic and now works as a supervisor in a sports centre. Last year, Michelle and her friends completed the London to Brighton cycle to raise funds to stop MS.

With her friends Charlotte and Georgia, Michelle’s been raising awareness of MS with their photography project Bossing MS. You can find out how they’re #BossingMS on Instagram and YouTube.

Rhona – MS volunteer

When Rhona was diagnosed with MS, she found it difficult to access support and information. She was determined to make a difference. As a former jockey she decided to found the MS Borders Racing Club in 2004 – the first charity racing syndicate in Scotland.

Through the club Rhona has raised £120,000 for the Borders Group’s services, which include therapies and home visits for people with MS.

Rhona has since been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for her charity work.

>> Inspired to volunteer? Look at our volunteering opportunities

Shana – Campaigner

Shana goes the extra mile campaigning to improve treatment and services for people with MS – and inspires everyone else in the process. Which is why she won Inspiration of the Year at the MS Society Awards 2016.

She’s lobbied MPs, attended party conferences and even represented people with MS in Europe. Not only that, she raises awareness of MS on social media and in her local area.

>> Read Shana’s top tips for campaigning

Joanne – Mother and blogger

Mummy with MS Joanne was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS several years ago. She struggles with fatigue and that’s before you add in her little boy.

When she was on maternity leave she couldn’t find anything to read on looking after a child when you have a chronic condition. And so she decided to start writing. She now has a blog called Poorly Parents about how she manages MS and motherhood.

Veronique – Researcher

Dr Veronique Miron manages her own lab and a team of five other amazing female scientists at the University of Edinburgh. And they’re all making huge strides in MS research.

Dr Veronique Miron from the Edinburgh Centre for MS Research

Through her exciting research, she aims to better understand activin receptors and the role they play in repairing myelin. This promising project could bring us closer to developing groundbreaking therapies that slow progression in MS.

>> Read more about Dr Veronique Miron and doing science like a girl

Trishna - Ambassador

Our Ambassador Trishna works hard to raise awareness of MS across the UK and on the national stage. Through her social media, blogs and quarterly MS newsletter, she helps people to understand what it’s like living with MS.

She’s spoken to Parliament about life with MS and is a committee member for the Asian MS support group too. In, 2015 she was named a Woman of Achievement and chosen to compete on BBC One’s ‘The People’s Strictly’ Comic Relief special as well.  

You

We don't have room here to celebrate all the amazing women standing up to MS and for themselves. But we know you're out there, fundraising, caring, campaigning and battling MS every day. So on behalf of everyone here at the MS Society, we want to say Happy International Women's Day. Thank you for being incredible!

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