Thursday, September 11, 2008

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person's healthy tissue.
MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.
Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it. MS is not considered a fatal disease as the vast majority of people with it live a normal life-span. But they may struggle to live as productively as they desire, often facing increasing limitations. For more FAQs about MS click here.

Thank you to:

Doreen Wallce
Andrea Genette
Joyce Boomsma
Rudy Solorzano
Louise Manuel
Patricia Weiser
Ruby Salinas
Linda Pfeiffer
Preceptor Mu Omicron (Westminster)
for their generous contribution toward my fundraising efforts to help cure MS!