About this project
I was delighted to win Charity Writer of the Year 2016 at the Medical Journalists’ Association’s Awards for this health information booklet. The brief was to create an accurate, up-to-date resource for people with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) rather than the more common relapsing-remitting type. With this type of MS, there are no periods of remission and, as yet, no treatments that can halt progression of the condition, leading many people to feel despondent after diagnosis. That said, there are many ways that people can manage their symptoms, plus there have been several recent promising breakthroughs in treatment and research. The project involved sourcing and writing new content, explaining the latest breakthroughs in accessible, jargon-free language, and interviewing people who are living with the condition. Judges John Clare, Carole Stone and Kate Sidwell described it as “an outstanding example of how charity health information should be — accessible, powerful and informative”.