March 10 to 16 this year is National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. I thought it would be a good time to update you on my wife’s disability. Angie was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in July 1997. Over the years this has required us to adjust our lives to various stages of the disease, and increase my responsibilities as her caregiver. Her current diagnosis is Relapsing-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, which means her disease has increased impact on her and our daily lives. Angie now uses a walker at home and a wheelchair any time we leave our home. Over this past year, we have been working well together to find a new life balance that supports both our needs to remain healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
As Indiana Disability Awareness Month and MS Awareness Week continue, here are a few facts about Multiple Sclerosis to help you understand the disease:
- MS is not contagious.
- MS is usually diagnosed between ages 20 and 40.
- Among young adults, it is the most common illness of the Central Nervous System.
- MS is not hereditary, but there can be genetic susceptibilities.
- MS does not have a significant effect on life span.
- Fatigue is the most common symptom of MS. Others include loss of coordination, vision problems, and memory issues.
- MS is a progressive disease, and there is no cure. But there are therapies that can greatly reduce disease progression.
- Current research is leading to new possibilities for more effective treatments.
If you would like to know more about our journey with MS and you are new to the blog, then you can follow this link to find posts I have made about MS and caregiving. You can also follow posts by my wife on her blog.
I hope through sharing this you better understand my wife and me, and that you are more aware of disabilities such as Multiple Sclerosis. If you want to chat about multiple sclerosis, caregiving, or disabilities in general, please reach out. We can talk over email (tr “at” freelanceknight.com), we can set up a time to Skype, or perhaps meet face-to-face if you are nearby.
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