Dr. Penny Smyth shares her perspective on an ideal partnership between people living with MS and their neurologists and care teams. She is joined by Sophie Berriault who was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in 2015. Sophie shares her reaction to her diagnosis, what she values in collaborating with her neurologist, and how they work together.
“I think that a strong collaboration and relationship is helpful between a person with MS and their neurologist and health care team— really around open communication, and ongoing dialogue.” – Dr. Penny Smyth
“For me, a good partnership with your neurologist and the team that is taking care of you is based on communication and trust. Knowing that your neurologist is open to listen to what you have to say to them is extremely important. It gives me the impression that I’m part of the decision process.” – Sophie Berriault
To learn more about RRMS and to download a questionnaire to help track your symptoms, visit MyRules.ca.
This segment was made possible through financial support from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
Dr. Penny Smyth
Neurologist and Associate Professor, University of Alberta and
President, Canadian Network of MS Clinics
38 years old
Diagnosed with RRMS in 2015