Monday, August 24, 2009
Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made of of the brain, spinal cored, and optic nerves. Symptons may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or of loss of vision. The progress, severity, and speciific symptons of MS are as unpredictable and very from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. Over 400,000 in the United States alone suffer from this disease. 2.5 million world wide. 200-300 are diagnosed weekly in this country alone.
I know this because I was diagnosed with MS 19 years. It has changed by life, from working, family and socially. I never know when I awake up what kind of day I will have, fatigue, pain, numbness, but I consider myself one of the lucky ones for many reasons. One I have very suporrt family, my husband and daughter both understand how everyday can be different.
Secondly I have been able to have some of the best neurogical doctors in Northwest Indiana.
They keep up to date on current treatments and listen to me symptons and do everything they can to keep the disease from progressing. Thirdly I have been able to me on the disease modify drugs for most of the 19 years. Without this drugs, I have noway of knowing how the disease might have progressed.
But here a thousands of MS patients who are not at lucky as I am. There insurance won't cover the drugs or there doctors are even unaware and don't recommend them to their patients. There are also those for whom the drugs do not work. There is much research to be done to eradicate this disease.
To help with this cause I've designed 3 bracelets and 2 sets of earrings to make everyone aware of this disabling disease. Each bracelet will be $25.00 and $5.00 be donated and the earrings are $15.00 and $3.00 will be donated to the National MS Society.
You will find these for sale in my etsy shop designsbynoramarie.etsy.com
Please join me in helping to fight this cause by purchasing one yourself or passing this information on.
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