Mending Broken Connections

On the eve of World MS Day, let’s talk about the importance of staying connected and mending those broken connections

World MS Day is coming up on Tuesday, 30th of May this year and ‘Connections’ is the theme of the day!

Post-COVID, much of the world is trying to reconnect and we, of the compromised myelin, are no different.  The importance of getting and staying connected was highlighted by recent and prominent events.

In an open letter to the ‘older’ community of Ireland, The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Breda Smyth penned an open letter urging people to get back out into the world and say “Hello”, again.

The Surgeon General of the United States of America equated loneliness to the health risk of smoking 15 cigarettes per day 

We are a social people – us humans and few more than the Irish! So, it is time for all of us, older, younger, typical, compromised… all of us to get back on the horse and reconnect.

On our next Unspeakable Bits webcast (you can register here), I will be talking with three guests about just this concept.

Joining me on the night will be Dr Rebecca Maguire, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Maynooth; Emma Rogan, Campaigns and External Engagement Coordinator for the European MS Platform (EMSP) and Joan Jordan, a software engineer and a long-time MS & Me blogger who had to leave full-time work age 36 due to MS.

Together we will talk about the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the difficulties, and rewards of being and staying in touch with the great big world around us (or with just one or two important people).

We’ll also take questions from our audience on the night, or you can email your questions to

This will be the fourth in our series of webcasts where we talk about some of the difficult subjects around living our best lives with MS.  If you’re interested to see any of the previous episodes – which range from sex and MS to financial and legal issues – here’s a link to those recorded programs. 

The world moves on with or without our participation. I’m a firm believer that the world, the people in it, and we ourselves are better if we’re part of that conversation. Over a cuppa or a pint, over the phone or in person, let’s talk about connecting and making our worlds better for our connection to it!

See you on Monday, 29th of May at 20:00. It’s an hour, and it just might change your life.

Wishing you and your family the best of health.