Support Starts Here

2024 Myositis Awareness Campaign

May is Myositis Awareness Month, and we hope you will join our campaign, Support Starts Here. Myositis Awareness Month will be a time dedicated to raising awareness about this rare and often misunderstood autoimmune disease. Myositis affects not only those diagnosed but also their loved ones, who play a crucial role in their journey toward healing and acceptance.

This year, we’re reaching out to our community to rally support and care for individuals living with myositis and their families. Your participation can make a significant difference in their lives, offering love, understanding, and meaningful assistance.

Click the GIVE button below to learn even more about getting involved.

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Support starts here at MSU

Are you ready to have an impact on future DM treatments?

Take the Survey – The first-ever joint MSU-TMA survey of the Adult Dermatomyositis (DM) community that will be a part of presenting your voice, the patients’ voice and informing the FDA about the lived experiences of Adult DM patients and caregivers.

There are other ways you can participate as well. See the Learn More button below. But don’t wait – Take the survey today.

MSU is Seeking Passionate Volunteers!

We are seeking volunteers with special skills and experiences and from diverse backgrounds. Whether you are interested in moderating support groups, as a bookkeeper, working on administrative tasks, or project planning, or you have an interest and background in patient-centered research.

Many at-home volunteer opportunities are available RIGHT NOW as we continue to grow.

Volunteering helps us, but it also helps improve mental health. When you volunteer with MSU you are a part of a family.  Submit your application today!

Patient Financial Assistance

Living with myositis is hard enough. We are here to help with our Myositis Patient Financial Assistance Program. We cover certain emergency household expenses, medical bills, and mobility and assistive devices. The program is available to U.S. residents. See full details available in our help guide.

Get Support

At MSU, we are patients and caregivers, too. We started with support, and with our support programs, you will find a family. Join us for myositis patient and caregiver groups, Zoom support, and rooms on Clubhouse. You are NOT alone in this journey.

Patient-Centered Research

We believe in the patient-centered research approach – putting the patient at the center of any collaboration with industry, academia, and government agencies to improve the quality of life of ALL affected by myositis. Learn more about the research we are involved in, the impact it can have, and how you can get involved.

Myositis Video Library

Watch recordings of our expert-led myositis educational videos to learn more about the various types of myositis and other myositis-related topics and patient opportunities. New videos just added!

COVID-19 and Myositis Resources

We have put together a list of trusted resources for COVID-19. Be sure to stay tuned to your local and state public health office for details in your area.

MSU's Pain Paper

The MSU pain article: “Pain profile and opioid medication use in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies” has been published in the prestigious journal, Rheumatology and MSU is proud to make the paper available to everyone at no cost. Share with your doctors. Myositis Pain is Real!

Myositis News and Updates

Adult Dermatomyositis Externally-Led Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting: Community Orientation Webinar

MSU and TMA are leading the first-ever Adult Dermatomyositis Externally-Led Patient-Focused Drug Development (EL-PFDD) meeting on June 7, 2024. In this webinar you will learn all about what we are doing and what YOU CAN DO to participate in the meeting on June 7. This is all about sharing your voices so that the FDA can learn what’s important to patients and caregivers and how the disease affects our lives.

Breaking Boundaries in Mobility: From Seated to Standing with SitnStand’s Innovative Solutions

Watch recorded webinar – SitnStand joins MSU for a webinar about a life-changing product for those with disabilities like Myositis. The products are designed to assist you in sitting and standing, allowing you to enjoy your own furniture or wheelchair. Learn more about this product by watching the recording of the live webinar.

Accessible Travel – See the World on your Terms

Watch the recording of this great webinar that includes excellent Q&A! Alvaro Silberstein, co-founder of “Wheel the World” joins MSU for a webinar about Accessible Travel, sponsored by the VALOR Study.

Upcoming Myositis Support & Events

MSU is seeking a volunteer bookkeeper

We are seeking volunteer Bookkeepers!

Do you believe in our mission, have time, and want to give by using your skills and experience in finance? We are looking for a self-starter who works well individually and in a team environment. All volunteer positions are virtual, you can work from home or office. We are looking for 2-3 experienced people.

Some of the duties of the MSU Bookkeeper include:

  • Maintaining the general ledger
  • Reconciling bank and other cash accounts
  • Preparing monthly financial statements and analyses

See the full position description here and click below to apply online. We want to continue being an all-volunteer nonprofit and we can’t do it without YOU!

Apply to Volunteer

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Patient Opportunities

There are many empowering opportunities for myositis patients. Get involved, advocate and educate, and be a part of traditional and unique patient-focused medical research, and more!

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