Thursday, May 20, 2010

The facts about Multiple Sclerosis


"Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating disease in which your body's immune system eats away at the protective sheath that covers your nerves. This interferes with the communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Ultimately, this may result in deterioration of the nerves themselves, a process that's not reversible.

Symptoms vary widely, depending on the amount of damage and which particular nerves are affected. People with severe cases of multiple sclerosis may lose the ability to walk or speak. Multiple sclerosis can be difficult to diagnose early in the course of the disease, because symptoms often come and go — sometimes disappearing for months.

Although multiple sclerosis can occur at any age, it most often begins in people between the ages of 20 and 40. Women are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis than are men."

"Although there is still no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to modify the disease course, treat exacerbations (also called attacks, relapses, or flare-ups), manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and provide emotional support. In combination, these treatments enhance the quality of life for people living with MS."

For more information, or to donate to fund research and treatment education, click here.

All information courtesy of and The National MS Society website. The National MS Society has been approved as a charity by the Better Business Bureau.


RNSANE said...

This is such a tragic disease that affects young adults in the prime of their lives. Thank you for posting this information, ladies.

My book is finally out!

Carmen Henesy: Life's Journey is available now at will be on in about a week or less.

Life's Journey
Poems about the things that have been important to me in my journey through life, some humorous, some sad, some that may have meaning to you as well.

Russ said...

Thanks for the info. My wife's family has had MS in it. Not a good thing for any age.

Beth (Margie and Edna's Basement) said...

Beth/Edna: Grampy and Carmen, glad we could help.

Carmen, congrats on the book! I know you must be very proud of yourself. :)

RNSANE said...

I tell you, ladies, it is just nice to finally have it done...and I know Jo is happy we finished. She was here helping me one day for at least eight hours and two boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts later, we finally finished.

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