March 17, 2003
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Source: The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
A family's response to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis [MS] can be as unpredictable as the disease itself. It is important that not only the person diagnosed but the family also educate themselves about MS and how to cope with it. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation [MSF] has released a brief, easy-to-read fact sheet as a guide for families faced with MS. This publication also provides contact information to access the many programs and services provided to patients and families by the MSF, free of charge.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, degenerative autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. People with MS may be affected in an obvious way, confined to a wheelchair or unable to care for themselves. Others with MS may not show a single visible symptom; in fact, you may know someone with MS and have no idea that person has been diagnosed. Because so many common symptoms of MS are not outwardly visible, such as fatigue, weakness, balance disturbances and numbness, knowledge and understanding of the disease are critical. This new publication from the MSF provides some tips and answers some questions for families.
March 2003 is the first annual National MS Education and Awareness Month, sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation [MSF]. Throughout the month, the MSF is providing volunteer awareness kits, releasing new publications and sponsoring educational activities for those with MS as well as for those interested in learning about MS. Doctors, MS specialists, counselors and volunteers provide information and inspiration, as the MSF works to increase public support, caring and understanding of those affected by this disease. Information and a full schedule of events and activities for National MS Education and Awareness Month are posted on www.msfocus.org [http://www.msfocus.org/nmseam.htm]. Information on MS and the MSF is available on the website or by calling the toll free Helpline, 1-888-MSFOCUS [673-6287].
ABOUT THE MSF
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation [MSF] is a national, non-profit service
organization, assisting people diagnosed with MS since 1986. The mission
of the MSF is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by this
chronic disease through various programs and services. For additional information
about National MS Education and Awareness Month, any other services of
the MSF or to order the new family fact sheet call 1-888-MSFOCUS [673-6287]
or visit www.msfocus.org.
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