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About MS
« on: February 18, 2013, 01:09:06 PM »
No matter how responsibly we live our lives, how well we eat, how well we take care of ourselves, how hard we work an illness such as Multiple Sclerosis can affect any one of us, our health, our employment, and our livelihood.

Over 2 million people worldwide are affected by Multiple Sclerosis.  Your chances are greater for being affected by MS if you are a woman, Caucasian, live in a Northern climate or have a family member with the disease.  There is no known cause although scientists have ruled out some causes.  There is no cure.  Symptoms may be undetectable and relapse or progress for each person differently.  People with MS will probably live a full life, however they may not live it as comfortably as another person.

People who are diagnosed are usually between the ages of 20-50 years of age so this disease affects people during the working phase of their lives.   A doctor must rule out all other possibilities before giving a diagnosis of MS. 

 Life is more challenging with MS.  It means hanging in there, sticking it out, don't give up, learn how to keep going, continue working as long as one can, deal with flare ups and come back, lose work time to go to the doctor and come back.   

For those who are able, what can you do?  Be more accepting of and recognize people that face hardship.
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