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Archive for March 10, 2008

It is National MS Awareness Week

March 10-17 is National MS Awareness Week.  The call from the National MS Society is …what will you do?  I read another girl’s blog and what she said was freaking genius….”I will have MS.”  Hehehehe…me too!

Seriously, I am copying a blurb from the Society’s website and asking that anyone who knows someone with MS…leave me a comment.  I find it amazing how many people know someone with MS when they think about it.  MS is generally pretty quiet.  It’s the “oh, but you look so good” disease, but think about it.  Do you know someone?  I know 4 in my family or extended family….and another 20 or so form my Nashville group.  My dad meets people all the time.  I think this is one of those seemingly silent diseases and I just want to know…..

Here’s the skinny on MS (and I do mean the skinny).  There’s a lot more to it, but you’ll get the idea:

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.