CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) announces the official launch of My MSAA Community. Powered by HealthUnlocked, this new online community forum has been created to offer people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), care partners, and family members a way to connect with others going through the same challenges as well as receive valuable and relevant information and support. My MSAA Community can be found at healthunlocked.com/MyMSAA.
MSAA has established itself as a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. With the addition of My MSAA Community, MSAA will help facilitate more active discussions among individuals affected by MS and fill a need for disease-specific, peer-to-peer support.
MSAA President & CEO Gina Ross Murdoch explains, "At MSAA, we continue to explore new and innovative ways to help improve lives for people affected by MS, so we are thrilled to partner with HealthUnlocked on My MSAA Community. Having a place to share, connect, and get support can significantly improve one's quality of life. This online, peer-to-peer support platform offers people with MS an opportunity to communicate with others experiencing similar challenges and helps people know they are not alone in this journey."
HealthUnlocked Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matt Jameson Evans adds, "Support and information are two of the largest factors in people managing their own health. This new community, specifically for people with MS, will provide vital support, allowing people who are experiencing similar health issues to ask questions and receive information, and access valuable help from MSAA. This community has the potential to transform and dramatically improve the lives of many people with MS."
My MSAA Community for individuals affected by multiple sclerosis living in the United States can be found by visiting:
My MSAA Community at https://healthunlocked.com/mymsaa
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national nonprofit organization and leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a Helpline with trained specialists; award-winning publications, including MSAA's magazine, The Motivator; MSAA's nationally recognized website (at mymsaa.org), featuring award-winning educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™ (named one of the best multiple sclerosis iPhone & Android apps by Healthline.com); a resource database, My MS Resource Locator®; safety and mobility equipment distribution; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational programs held across the country; MRI funding; and more. For additional information, please visit www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.
HealthUnlocked is the largest social network dedicated to health in the world. Used by more than 40 million people each year, it provides health-specific online communities which help people to connect with others with the same health concerns, patient organizations, ask questions and receive helpful advice and support.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. MS damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves of the CNS, and can potentially injure the nerves as well. This damage causes reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common MS symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. Many experts estimate that 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with this disease, and most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 50. MS is not contagious and researchers continue to look for both a cause and a cure.
SOURCE Multiple Sclerosis Association of America