Published on Nov 17, 2011
Creating awareness is something each of us is committed to -- and can take action on today. By lending our individual voices, each and every one of us can lay the groundwork for the most viral MS awareness activity to date -- by simply sharing.
It really is a small world. We are all connected. You may not know it, but you know someone with MS.
Flint, Michigan: 102,000 people. San Francisco, California: 805,000 people. Phoenix, Arizona: 1.45 million people.
People living with MS: 2.1 million people.
Every hour of every day someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The likelihood you know someone with MS: almost certain. You co-worker, your neighbor, your friend, your drycleaner, yourself, your partner... Someone you love and care about lives with multiple sclerosis.
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
Most people are diagnosed in their 20's and 30's. But MS lasts a lifetime. There is no cure.
MS is a complex disease. MS affects the central nervous system. MS is unpredictable.
MS disrupts people's lives. MS affects people's careers.
MS disconnects brains and bodies. MS disconnects you from the people you care about.
MS impacts people's families and relationships. It impacts all of us. It impacts you.
MS can take things we don't want to give. The ability:
-To play with our kids and grandkids.
-To keep a meaningful career.
-To see a movie with friends.
-To get dressed on our own.
MS is unpredictable. MS can get worse. Then it can get better.
You can't always see it. But it's always there.
Women get it more frequently than men.
Children have MS. Parents have MS. Someone you know is living with MS, right now.
Number of disease-modifying treatments currently available: 8.
Cost of MS to the U.S. economy each year: $28 billion.
Average cost of living with MS in America: $69 thousand (annual).
The median household income in the U.S.: $49 thousand.
Number of years after diagnosis that the average person with MS leaves the workforce: 10.
But there is hope.
Research projects funded by the National MS Society: 325.
Society research funding: $122,300,000. Society research funding that:
-Stops MS in its tracks.
-Restores function and repairs damage.
-Ends MS forever.
We must do more. You. Me. Everyone you know.
It's going to take all of us, raising:
-Our voices with legislators.
-Funds to drive MS research.
-Funds to life people up through scholarships, direct financial assistance, financial help when it's needed most.
Together we can create a world free of MS.
Get involved. Tell the story of MS. nationalMSsociety.org