By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 27, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Those battling Multiple Sclerosis are celebrating 20 years worth of advances in treatment.
Hundreds of people gathered in Tallahassee Thursday for the MS Society's "On the Move" luncheon.
Kathy Feinstein usually counsels athletes with performance anxiety, but says folks with MS can use some of the same techniques to improve focus and boost positivity.
Feinstein recommends 20 minutes of meditation a day and working to rid your mind of negative thoughts.
"I think one of the most important things is to stay in the moment," Feinstein said. "When we look ahead that's where anxiety and fear and stress live and we have no control over that and when we look back there's depression, regret and sadness and we have no control over that either."
Feinstein's mother in law coped with Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. The counselor and sports performance consultant says her mother in law taught her a lot about mental toughness by focusing on what she could do, instead of what you couldn't.
"One of the things that I've found is useful with MS folks is not to compare themselves to before they had MS, but really thinking about what they were able to do yesterday and making those comparisons," Feinstein said. "I used to think in terms of helping folks with MS accept the situation, but I don't think you can accept that, but I think you can adapt."
Florida President of the National MS Society Robin Nunley shared a timeline of treatments and therapies starting in 1993 up until a new MS drug hit the market in 2017.
Nunley says the MS Society is in the midst of a five year push to raise $1 billion. The Breakthrough MS Campaign aims to accelerate research breakthroughs to change the lives of people with MS.
This is the "On the Move" luncheon's 20th year in Tallahassee.