|Wearing my Peace, Love, Cure MS shirt in support of my Dad|
My father was officially diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in the summer of 2013. We had known for some time though that something was probably wrong. At that time, I didn't know anything about MS. Here's some key information...
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.
Who gets MS?
MS is thought to affect more than 2.3 million people worldwide. MS is not contagious or directly inherited, but there are some factors that contribute to a higher likelihood of developing MS.
According to the National MS Society:
- Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although MS can occur in young children and significantly older adults.
- MS occurs in most ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics/Latinos, but is more common in Caucasians of northern European ancestry.
- MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men, suggesting that hormones may also play a significant role in determining susceptibility to MS.
- In general, MS is more common in areas farthest from the equator.
What else 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!