MS Awareness Week is March 3-9

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LOUISVILLE — Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a life altering disease that affects each person in a unique and different way. MS destroys connections, divides minds from bodies, pulls people from their lives and away from one another. Therefore, it’s only fitting that connections would be its greatest enemy. As more connections are formed, more knowledge is shared, more questions asked, more resources gathered and more hope is provided to help people with MS move their lives forward.

The Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is connecting with people from across the nation during MS Awareness Week, March 3-9 to give what they know.

The National MS Society is a prominent force in forging connections among people with MS, friends and colleagues who raise awareness and funds, people who treat those with MS, and people who research ways to stop MS, restore function lost to MS and end MS forever.

You can build connections, view and share images, video and stories about your connections on the chapter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kynmss.

Share your story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org. You can create your own video story, download web banners, register to participate in Walk MS, Bike MS, or some other special event near you.

Whether you volunteer, bike, walk, advocate, educate, or support – every action is a way of moving us closer to a world free of MS and shows your commitment to the MS movement. Have other ideas about spreading awareness in your community? Contact 502-526-5061 or email bailey.preston@nmss.org.

“People impacted by MS are connecting all across the nation starting this week to combine their efforts, knowledge and hope in order to move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis, “ said Stacy Funk, chapter president.

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. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org/kyw or 800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).

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