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.
MS is Thought to be an Autoimmune Disease
The body’s own defense system attacks myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. The nerve fibers themselves can also be damaged. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing the variety of symptoms that can occur. Most people with MS learn to cope with the disease and continue to lead satisfying, productive lives. (courtesy of National MS Society About MS page)
My most wonderful and amazing husband Dominic lives with this crummy disease every day. Some days are more of a struggle than others. My crazy creative, fun and funny, superbly sweet Love fights with every fiber of his being to maintain himself and his family. He currently works 2 jobs to support our little family and does so gladly. He's an inspiration for sure!!
This disease is our new quest. The further discovery about it and development of ways to treat/combat it. We are happily dedicating ourselves to help in any way we can. Volunteering, becoming activists, donating financially when we're able.
My goal is to spread the word. Spread awareness. Increase knowledge and hopefully increase action. Whether it be volunteering time, services, or donating money. Take a few minutes to learn about this disease and how you can help. It's certainly not the "worst" out there that affects people/families but it's definitely worth fighting just as hard. Chances are someone you know personally is affected by this disease in some way. Do your part to help these people in some small way. You can't imagine how much they need it...
Visit National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Home Page Here
Follow National MS Society on Twitter for updates and info Here
Learn how to get involved in the fight Here
For Patients, Visit MS World (patients helping patients) Here
To see my posts about our struggles with this click Here
We can't possibly begin to thank you enough if you've made the decision to help in some way, any way...
Know that you will Forever be appreciated....that's for sure!
The Mo's Momstuff Family