Change is inevitable. Change may be a diagnosis of MS, better treatments, research, the way we access information. We are continually adapting to new situations and environments.
Change comes in many forms. Sometimes it is growth. Over the past few months MS Australia has been through some changes with a greater focus on advocacy and better information for people living with MS. I am facing change regularly in my role as CEO at MS Australia. There has been a change to the look of our website in preparation for a redevelopment (stay tuned, we’ll be asking for your feedback soon!)
Sometimes change presents a challenge. When someone is diagnosed with MS for example. This may be marked by confrontation, relief, understanding or anxiety. Many of you will know that a diagnosis of MS changes the lives of all affected. The change is so unique to every individual.
Change can also bring about hope. Changes in the way we research and treat MS bring about better developments and understanding while we work towards the biggest change for people living with MS – a cure. To find out more about MS research projects taking place, visit the MS Research Australia website.
Change can happen in small ways, sometimes we don’t even notice it happening. The way we access information has changed, we have so many resources available at our fingertips and we can connect with people from the MS community all over the world. I am connecting with more people every day through various Social Media platforms (like Twitter and Facebook).
It is exhilarating when change can also mean learning. This week I visited Adelaide and Perth. While in Adelaide I met with MS Society South Australia and Northern Territory CEO Graeme Warnock. In Perth I had the pleasure of meeting with MS Society of Western Australia CEO Marcus Stafford and WA Board President David Barnes. Again, it has been such a positive experience to meet with the societies. I continue to learn the distinct differences between organisations and the services they provide. What doesn’t change is the dedication and passion they have for supporting Australians living with MS.
So, change can be exciting, challenging, hopeful and necessary. It can bring about feelings of opportunity, anxiety, relief and indifference. Generally, for me, change is always about promise and anticipation. What about you? How do you deal with change? How do you feel about change? Do you take it in your stride, run away or adapt?