What is
MS On My Mind?

Learn how we’re building a community of support

  • “MS is on my mind when my darling, patient husband makes one more trip up the stairs to get something I forgot”

  • “MS is on my mind when my five year old asks if I STILL have MS”

  • “MS is on my mind when I push my body past perceived limitations”

About MS On My Mind

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the central nervous system, affecting approximately 2.3 million people worldwide. MS On My Mind (MSOMM), an initiative sponsored by EMD Serono, aims to raise awareness of the emotional toll that having MS top of mind can have on people living with MS and caregivers.

By telling us when MS is on your mind, you’ll be helping us identify areas of need we will work with the MS community to help address. EMD Serono will be working with members of the MS community to develop actionable resources and content based on the stories told by real MS patients and caregivers in hopes of improving patients' lives.

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About Lydia

About Lydia Emily Archibald

Artist and MS advocate Lydia Emily was born into an activist family passionate about civil rights, social justice and equality, Lydia Emily’s work is infused with a grace parallel to the injustice behind the imagery. She is compelled to speak out not only with powerful paintings and murals, but also by forming and supporting foundations whose work has an impact. Her visual concepts and imagery speak softly to loud troubles in the world.

A prolific and dynamic international artist, Lydia Emily's work has been featured at gallery shows in Milan, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

Lydia Emily fought cancer in 2012 and was then diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014. These issues serve as catalysts for not only her art, but also for her social engagement as a speaker. In 2015, she created four large murals spreading a message of hope to those whose lives are touched by MS. These inspirational murals are located in Los Angeles; Houston, TX; Portland, OR; and Louisville, KY. She plans to continue painting the hopeful murals for the MS community around the globe.

Lydia Emily Archibald was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1971. After a well-traveled childhood, she landed in LA where she has lived and worked for over 30 years and raises her two daughters.

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