A new social networking website has been launched for young people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
The idea for the web-based charity, Shift.ms, was conceived by George Pepper after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 22 in 2004.
The aim of this user-generated website is to get ‘MS’ers’ to share their experiences with others through platforms such as videos, twitter and message boards in order to help people deal with their condition and continue to live a full life.
Like sites such as Facebook, Shift.ms allows users to create profiles and contact other young people with MS who have similar interests or live nearby. It also allows users mark social events on a google map, which they can also add themselves to.
The site includes a ‘Rough Guide’ which explains what MS is and how it affects people in simple terms, and a ‘Little Black Book’ which contains useful links.
Shift.ms is supported by resident health professionals; Dr Simon Shields, Consultant Neurologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Kate Watkiss, Specialist MS Nurse at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford.
People in their 20s and 30s are the most diagnosed age group for MS and there are 2.5 million people with MS worldwide.