March is National MS Awareness Month. As someone who MS has affected, I only feel it’s right to share a little about the disease. For those of you who don’t know, The BFF has MS as well as a couple other friends and a close friend’s mom. So I know all about MS and have for 11 years now (which is absolutely crazy to think).
So what’s MS? Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease that affects the central nervous system. There are different types of MS (4 to be exact) and the symptoms for each person are completely different but can range from numbness, loss of vision, issues with balance or paralysis. Essentially the body attacks it’s myelin in the brain, forming scar tissue.
There’s no cure for MS. However, there has been a lot of new research and new treatment options. When The BFF was diagnosed, he really only had a few options and they were all medications that had to be administered through using a shot. Now, he can take his medication orally. Here in Cleveland, new research as the Cleveland Clinic is making strides in helping to stop the symptoms of MS and hopefully one day find a cure.
To learn more about MS, visit The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society. Let me know if you’d like to get involved with the Society or would be interested in making a donation!