What is MS?


It is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week! As someone living with MS it is extremely important to me to spread the word and increase awareness.

So, for those of you not familiar I will start with a post briefly explaining what MS is. Tomorrow, I will talk about how MS affects me personally. Then, Thursday and Friday, I will share what you can do to help those affected by this unpredictable and insidious disease.

The following facts are courtesy of the National MS Society.

What is MS?

Multiple Sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20-50, with more than twice as many women as men contracting the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.5 million worldwide.

More on my personal journey tomorrow.

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing something that is so personal to you.

  2. MammaDucky says:

    I have two people close to me that suffer with MS. Thanks for spreading awareness. Keep rockin’!

  3. Alicia, The Snowflake says:

    Thanks for sharing my friend! I have never quite understood what MS was. Thanks for the information. I look forward to the rest of the week!

  4. TMI Tara says:

    I didn’t know you had MS. Thank you for your willingness to share. I have several friends affected by this illness in one way or another and it’s good to highlight it and spread awareness. I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

  5. I wish you well on your journey. Thank you for raising awareness of MS.
    And thanks for stopping by my blog today. 🙂

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