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MS Awareness Month: Celebrating How Far We've Come

By Daryl H. Bryant (537 words)
Posted in Multiple Sclerosis on February 28, 2020

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MS Awareness Month: Celebrating How Far We've Come

What do orange and butterflies have to do with Multiple Sclerosis? More than you may realize! 

March is National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. During this time, you’re likely to see orange ribbons - the official color of MS awareness. You may also see butterfly symbols, which represent the butterfly shape that shows up on many MS patients’ MRIs. 

While no one wants to receive a MS diagnosis, the truth is that nearly one million of us are living with this condition. Each of us is affected differently, from physical symptoms to cognitive challenges to flares and relapses. Some days are harder than others. 

However, there is hope! Here are four positive facts about MS. Let’s look on the bright side and celebrate how far we’ve come since MS was first identified over 150 years ago. 

Awareness Is At An All-Time High

When I was first diagnosed with MS almost 20 years ago, it was hard to find information about my condition. The internet was new, and many people living with chronic autoimmune diseases chose to keep their health under wraps. 

Fortunately, times have changed and people - myself included - have become more vocal about living with Multiple Sclerosis. Celebrities like Selma Blair and Montel Williams have helped the world “put a face” on the condition, and have shown that people with MS can continue to live full lives. 

Support Groups Are Easily Accessible

One of the challenges of MS is that it can affect daily living and limit our ability to get out and socialize. Thanks to technology, help is just a click away. Social media groups, websites such as this one, and blogs and YouTube channels can provide the support and information people need. Whether you’re looking for a MS-friendly workout, recipes that can lower inflammation, or simply an encouraging word from others living with MS, it’s easier than ever to get connected. 

Research Is On the Rise

Over the past two decades, researchers have made significant breakthroughs regarding MS. We now know more than ever before, thanks to in-depth studies and technological advances that help us see how the brain and body are impacted during flares. As a result, we have greater knowledge about risk factors and symptoms than ever before. 

While it still takes some people years to get a proper diagnosis, it is easier than ever to access the research you need to recognize symptoms and advocate for your health. 

We Have Many Treatment Options

Thanks to ongoing research, we now have a variety of treatment options available to manage MS symptoms. Doctors now understand how different factors affect MS. Today, people living with MS can discuss incorporating diet, lifestyle changes, nutritional supplementation, prescription medication, and physical and occupational therapy into their treatment. Just as MS is unique to each person, treatment can now be customized to give people living with MS a better shot at living symptom free. 

Multiple Sclerosis may have changed our lives, but it has also given us the gift of support and advocacy. This month, help us raise awareness by sharing your MS journey and celebrating the great strides we’ve made in diagnosing and managing this condition. Together, we can change the future of MS!

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