multiple sclerosis awareness- allie williams

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this video is dedicated to my little sister, my love, my hero :)

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March is National MS Awareness Month:

March is National MS Awareness Month

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My sister is my Hero, she has taught me so much over the past two years. Because of her I have learned life lessons I would have never learned before, like how important family and communication is, that being strong isn’t only about pushing through the pain but dealing well with how other people react to a disabled person, I have learned what it means not only to be a sister but to be a best friend and to love someone whole heartedly (no exceptions). You never think that something like this would happen to someone you love it was devastating when we found out her diagnosis was MS but as a family we communicate and deal with it very well. There area lot of people out there who don’t know what MS is or the effects it can have on life and I hope this helps people to understand a little bit about what the people with MS and their families go through. “I am STRONG because I am weak I am BEAUTIFUL because I know my flaws I am a LOVER because I’m a fighter I am FEARLESS because I have been afraid And I can LAUGH because I’ve known sadness”

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Although multiple sclerosis occurs most commonly in adults, it is also diagnosed in children and adolescents. Estimates suggest that 8,000-10,000 children (defined as up to 18 years old) in the United States have multiple sclerosis Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.

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Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. World-wide, MS affects about 2.5 million people!!

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The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. In the last 20 years, researchers have focused on disorders if the immune system and genetics for explanations

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Can MS be cured? Not yet. There are now FDA-approved medications that have been shown to "modify" or slow down the underlying course of MS. In addition, many therapeutic and technological advances are helping people manage symptoms. Advances in treating and understanding MS are made every year, and progress in research to find a cure is very encouraging.

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Common Symptoms of MS Changes in vision Loss of muscle strength in arms and legs Change in sense of touch Pain Bladder problems Balance/coordination problems Fatigue Changes in cognitive function Mood changes MS can affect different people in different ways

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Treatments Corticosteroids (commonly called steroids) are mainstay treatments for acute relapses patients with relapse-remitting MS. High-dose methylprednisolone given intravenously (IVMP) is typically administered for major relapse, often followed by oral prednisone for a few days. Steroids reduce inflammation in the central nervous system and may help suppress the immune system's attack on myelin and even improve electrical conduction. Steroids, in general, do not improve the long-term course of the disease and can lose effectiveness if overused. They are not generally used for maintenance therapy. Some research, however, is reporting benefits from the use of pulsed administration of intravenous methylprednisolone . Such an approach typically administers the steroid daily for 5 days every 4 months for 3 years, then every 6 months for 2 years. Some research suggests that this approach might reduce destruction in central nervous system, although more evidence is needed before it can be recommended. They can also have considerable adverse effects when used over time.

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Things you can do to help  Donate Participate in the MS walk or rides Raise awareness by telling people about multiple sclerosis

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This video is dedicated to my very brave and beautiful sister Allie Williams I love you-stay strong Love-- Brittany

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