Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month: March 2019

Most of us know a relative or friend who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Some forms can be very debilitating, other forms somewhat benign.

Specialists believe with recent scientific discoveries this is a time of hope. Much of the current focus is on research and great strides have been made by clinical studies. People who have been diagnosed with MS and have good medical care should learn about the effects of the disorder, put their health first and make the necessary adjustments to their daily routines, not withdraw and isolate themselves, live their lives as fully as possible, and especially try to maintain social coontacts.

The National MS society offers a local MS support group at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Yoga Chuck’s Wellness Center, 384 W. Market St., Tiffin. Also, family, friends and caregivers are participating in a fundraising MS Walk April 13 at the University of Findlay Koehler Athletic Complex, 1000 N. Main St., Findlay. Please call (855) 312-1331 or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org.

The National MS Society is sponsoring the Ohio State MS Action Day at the Ohio State House,Thursday, begining at 10 a.m. for five hours, and our state representatives will meet with us. Please email: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=365876.

I’ve written this letter because when I was diagnosed with a mild form of MS, they had just approved the first immune-suppressing medicine to treat MS and since that time, they have approved others including oral and infusion medicines. There is hope they will find ways to avoid developing MS, so your support is needed.

Beth Donaldson,

Tiffin

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