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March 5-11, 2007 marks Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) Awareness Week. The reason I chose to blog about M.S. this week is because my mom was diagnosed with M.S. when I was in high school.
What is M.S. you might ask?
According to the National MS Society online, “Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. People with MS are usually diagnosed between the ages of 20-50 and face unpredictable symptoms that can include numbness, blurred vision, paralysis and blindness. There is no cure and few effective treatments for MS. For more information, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.”
Here are 5 things you need to know about M.S.
1) There is no known cure for M.S., only medication and treatments to slow its progression.
2) M.S is more common in women than in men.
3) Although it is unknown what causes M.S., some believe the environment and genetics may play a factor.
4) Former Massachusetts Governor and current presidential candidate, Mitt Romney’s wife suffers from M.S.
5) The French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot was the first to recognize M.S. as a disease in 1868.
And now you know……….
If you are a sufferer of M.S. what kind of symptoms do you have? Also, what kind of treatments and or medication are you using to ease the pain? Finally, can you recommend a good neurologist?
If you have any thoughts, comments or questions regarding M.S. please feel free to post them below.
"Weekend Overnight Guy", Chase Alan can also be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org