Thursday February 19, 2004
Source: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
How much do you know about multiple sclerosis? Despite the fact that over 400,000 of our friends and neighbors are affected by it, knowledge of the disease is scarce. That's why the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) is proud to host National MS Education and Awareness Month during March. Throughout the month, the MSF will sponsor workshops and seminars for those affected by MS as well as others interested in learning about this disease. Health care professionals including MS specialists, counselors and volunteers will provide information and inspiration, as the MSF works to increase public support, caring and understanding of those affected by MS.
The effects of multiple sclerosis are far-reaching. While some 400,000 persons in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease, its impact is felt by countless numbers of family members, friends, caregivers, and employers. With health, social, and economic consequences, the fight against MS requires the awareness and assistance of many. These include health care professionals, social workers, disability organizations, insurance companies, legislators, scientists, members of the media, as well as the general public. It takes a team to tackle MS!
MS is a chronic, degenerative disease of the central nervous system. With varying degrees of severity, some exhibit mild symptoms while others may become severely disabled. Some individuals with MS show no visible symptoms. Yet, they may be experiencing pain, fatigue, visual impairment, or other very real symptoms. One person in our country is diagnosed every hour, every day, every year. There is no cure yet for MS, but there is hope and there are many ways to help.
A full schedule of events and activities for National MS Education and Awareness Month is available on our website: www.msfocus.org. Information on MS and the MSF is also available on the website or by calling our national toll-free Helpline, 1-888-MSFOCUS (673-6287.)
ABOUT THE MSF
Since 1986, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF), a publicly supported non-profit organization, has been providing vital programs and services to the MS community.
The mission of the MSF is to enhance the quality of life for those affected
by this chronic disease through various national programs and services.
For additional information about National MS Education and Awareness Month
or any other services of the MSF, call 1-888-MSFOCUS (673-6287) or visit
www.msfocus .org. To participate in or promote this effort, please contact
Toni Somma of the MSF Community Relations Department at 1-800-225-6495.
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