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.