This week is MS Awareness Week. This is a charity that we contribute to often. There are several things that you can do to help this aweful disease. In the United States today, there are approximately 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS)—with 200 more people diagnosed every week.
One of the things you can do to help is sign up for a walk in your area. Usually, my cousins, Zizi, Donna, my mom, and the kids, and dogs do a walk but I am sad to say that I will not be able to do the walk this year. But I will still make a donation! You can do the same if you can't do a walk either.
Below is a little info about MS. Please take a few minutes and see what you can do to help make the world free of MS!
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
While the cause (etiology) of MS is still not known, scientists believe that a combination of several factors may be involved. Studies are ongoing in the areas of immunology (the science of the body’s immune system), epidemiology (that looks at patterns of disease in the population), and genetics in an effort to answer this important question. Understanding what causes MS will be an important step toward finding more effective ways to treat it and—ultimately—cure it, or even prevent it from occurring in the first place.