Multiple Sclerosis Awareness

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

Multiple Sclerosis is a life-long illness. And living with it isn't easy. Just ask Margie Cook. She was diagnosed 26 years ago.

"Some days you wake up and really can't do anything. You really can do nothing. So you just sit on the couch until it passes."

M.S. is a disease of the central nervous system. Its symptoms include numbness, tingling, and double vision. But the most common problem is extreme fatigue. So people are unable to do the simplest tasks without feeling burned out.

"It feels like somebody just let the air out. It's not being tired. It's being spent."

Tammy Willis of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society says most people diagnosed are ages 20-50. And they're often women. So it's important for even healthy people, especially women to look for symptoms.

"People when they look back over time, they say I probably could have been diagnosed 10 or 15 years earlier. I noticed these symptoms but never gave them much thought."

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease, but there are medications to help alleviate the symptoms.


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