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To The Editor:
March 11 through 17, 2013, marks the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s eighth annual MS Awareness Week. Across the country, National MS Society volunteers and staff have organized a wide range of events to draw attention to this unpredictable chronic illness that has no cure and that affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
In 2008, I was given the devastating news that I have MS after years of not knowing. I am blind in my left eye and struggle daily with fatigue and on some days I simply can’t get out of bed. Through my family, my children and the amazing network of friends I have strength. I consult western and eastern doctors, the amazing team of physical therapists at Elevation PT keep me walking, and I’ve undergone chemo and a stem cell transplant to delay my progression.
MS is all about connections. From neurological connections damaged by the disease to personal connections between family members and among many others who provide care and support and who raise funds for research to stop progression of the disease, restore function lost and end MS forever. To sum it up, one could say, “Every connection counts.”
MS Awareness Week is an opportunity to create new connections to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Join the movement by wearing orange, by posting about MS on Facebook or Twitter (#MSConnection), by signing up for a fundraising event, by volunteering your time, or by advocating for improved public policies in health insurance and accessibility.
Learn more about multiple sclerosis, about the resources available for people with MS and about cutting edge research and treatment to stop progression, restore function and end MS forever by contacting the National MS Society, www.MSnewengland.org, 1-800-344-4867.