Learning about MS

MS Impacts Us All – Click here to check out this You Tube video from the National MS Society.

Creating awareness is something each of us is committed to — and can take action on today.  By lending our individual voices, each and every one of us can lay the groundwork for the most viral MS awareness activity to date — by simply sharing.

MS can be a misunderstood disease. The New York Times Magazine ran a free educational supplement about its many facets on September 25, 2011 – check it out! MS, The Often Misunderstood Disease

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person’s healthy tissue.

MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.

MS affects each person differently.  People with MS can typically experience one of  four disease courses, each of which might be mild, moderate, or severe.   The four disease courses are; Relapsing-Remitting MS, Primary-Progressive MS, Secondary-Progressive MS and Progressive-Relapsing MS.

Since no two people have exactly the same experience of MS, the disease course may look very different from one person to another.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a primary source of funding in research for a cure.  http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx

 

 

 

 

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