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Multiple Sclerosis Sucks… There is no other way for me describe this disease. I have had to watch this horrible disease eat away at my sister and my ex-husband. I have seen first hand how MS changes how your brain function, how debilitating this disease can be, and what little is known about a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
Lightning does strike twice…I was in the theatre waiting for “Rock of Ages” to start when I received the call that my little sister was in the hospital being tested for MS. She has had to live with MS for about 5 years now and she is now being treated monthly with the strongest intravenous medication for Multiple Sclerosis. My sister was hesitant in letting me write this article because she was worried about how people would treat her after it was published.
She recently received a negative prognosis about her future. Her last treatment was not working and the disease is progressing faster than they would have hoped. If I could take her place in this fight I would in a heartbeat. I feel completely defenseless in this battle she is fighting. She is my baby sister and I cannot help her.
My ex-husband, the father of my girls was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when we were dating. J was admitted into the hospital early in his 30’s because the doctor thought he was having a stroke. He has now lived with the Multiple Sclerosis for 18 years. My daughters don’t like to talk about MS and I’m pretty sure this is a survival mechanism on their part. They have watched their father go from a big, burly, & robust man to someone who now walks with a noticeable limp, is in constant pain, rarely sleeps, and has his mother write for him as his shaking has become debilitating.
I have watched this horrible disease ravage my family. I HATE MS!
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society;
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable and potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system, which interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.
An estimated 2.3 million people live with MS worldwide. These numbers can only be estimated — in the absence of formerly reported data — because MS disease activity can occur without a person being aware of it and symptoms may be completely invisible. At the present time, MS incidence and prevalence are not consistently tracked and reported in the U.S. as there is no government requirement to do so.
MS can cause extreme fatigue, impaired vision, problems with balance and walking, numbness or pain and other sensory changes, bladder and bowel symptoms, tremors, problems with memory and concentration, mood changes, and more.