Monday, March 2, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Today I am posting in honor of my Aunt who has MS. She is an amazing woman and she just so happens to be my god mother. I love this woman more than she will ever know and I am truly blessed that she is a part of my life.

March is MS awareness month and I wanted to share a few facts that I found on the MS Foundation website.

Facts About MS

 
  • More than 400,000 people in the United States have MS.
  • An estimated 2,500,000 around the world have MS.
  • About 45 percent of the people with MS are not severely affected by the disease.
  • Diagnosis of MS is usually between 20 and 40 years of age.
  • MS affects more women than men, with a ratio of 2:1.
  • About 85 percent of those who are newly diagnosed have the relapsing-remitting form of MS.
  • Without disease-modifying therapy, about 50 percent of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will become progressive at 10 years.
  • Without disease-modifying therapy, about one-third of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will be using a wheelchair at 20 years.
  • MS does not significantly affect life span.
  • The course of the disease is unpredictable and no two people will experience the same set of symptoms.
  • There are four types of MS:  relapsing-remitting, secondary-progressive, primary progressive and progressive relapsing.
  • Among young adults, MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system.
  • Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS.
  • MS is not contagious.
  • MS is a progressive disease for which there is not yet a cure.
  • Increased understanding of MS has led to the development of many new treatments that target both the disease process and its many symptoms.
  • In countries further from the equator, the incidence of MS increases.
  • Sclerosis is a Greek word meaning hardening of tissue or scars.
  • MS is not inherited or genetically transmitted, although there does seem to be some genetic susceptibility to the disease.
Website found on: (http://www.msfocus.org/Facts-About-MS.aspx)

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