Samantha Chic: National MS Awareness Week


National MS Awareness Week

As most of you know, I tend to keep my posts related to blog content. However, I'm deviating from that today to share a personal story with you.

This week is National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Why is that important to me? After almost a decade of doctors visits, tests, wondering and worrying, my Daddy was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS last summer. While it was a relief to finally know what was going on, the diagnosis brought more questions and confusion

You see, there's very little information and research about MS and there's also no cure.

What is MS?

MS is an auto-immune disease that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty moving, chronic pain, depression, muscle spasms and more. It damages the cells in the brain and spinal cord making it difficult for the person to maintain control over their body.

Primary Progressive MS is different than other types since there is no relapse period -- the person continues to get worse. The rate of progression can vary, but there's no going back. Only about 10 percent of all MS patients have this type of MS.

This has been a tough pill to swallow for my family, but, you can only play the cards you are dealt. Sometimes, I get upset thinking my Daddy probably won't be able to walk me down the aisle at my wedding one day (that's OK though because I have something kick-ass in mind!). But I can still be there and help him and others who are fighting this disease.

What can we do?
Everyone has their own reasons for supporting causes. If you find this one to be a worthy cause then you can join me in raising necessary funds to conduct research and find a cure for MS.
We can't do it alone, but together, we can do this! Thank you for your support!

P.S. I'd like to give a special shout-out to my Mommy who, without having either of her kids living at home to help out anymore, has been coordinating doctors visits, therapy treatments, medications and more. It's a lot of work, but if anyone can do it, she can.

P.P.S. After this post went up, my Mommy texted me to say thanks for the shout-out, but that my brother deserves most of the credit because he's stepped up and taken our Dad to all his appointments while she is at work. Thanks, Samuel!

Photos Courtesy of EverydayHealth.Com

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