National MS Education & Awareness Month
What is National MS Education and Awareness Month™?
National MS Education and Awareness Month is an effort by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) and affiliated groups to raise the public's awareness of multiple sclerosis. The vital goals of this campaign are to promote an understanding of the scope of this disease, and to assist those with MS in making educated decisions about their healthcare.
The first official campaign was held in March 2003, and was recognized through official proclamations issued by the Mayor of the city of Ft. Lauderdale (home to the national headquarters of the MSF), and by Florida Governor Jeb Bush. March will serve annually as National MS Education and Awareness Month.
Efforts to raise awareness of MS take place throughout the country. Awareness Kits and instructions are available from the MSF for those who wish to become involved in the effort.
Anyone affected by or interested in learning more about MS is invited to participate in activities and to broaden their understanding of MS throughout the month. Other MS organizations are encouraged to participate as well.
Learn how you can GET INVOLVED or REQUEST KITS.
2012 THEME: “At Your Best with MS”
Find out what that means here: http://www.msfocus.org/get-involved.aspx
In multiple sclerosis, the protective coating on nerve fibers (myelin) is damaged and may eventually be destroyed. Depending on where the nerve damage occurs, MS can affect vision, sensation, coordination, movement, and bladder and bowel control.
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 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.
There's no cure for multiple sclerosis. However treatments can help treat attacks, modify the course of the disease and treat symptoms.
More info - great link: http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms-types
Good link for symptoms info: http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/mssymptoms.html
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Hi, I shared the webmd link on my facebook page. Unfortunately I am too familiar with the debilitating effects of auto-immune disorders. I found the slideshow to be interesting and very informative. I have relatives and friends with MS but never really understood it. Thank you for sharing with us!
I am a member of another website called dailystrength.org and I have found other members that helped me get through some of my questions and frustrations...you may want to check it out.
yay! Thank you!
I share about MS all the time in my groups here on CM because I too have been diagnosed with this disease. It is very hard on me some days. I will post on facebook too that it is MS awareness month.
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Thanks for sharing! I'm very excited that you are spreading the news : )
By random selection TNmommaof1 has won the tote.
As a thank you, Justkeishahere has also won, a braclet.
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