Multiple sclerosis is a disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord which make up the central nervous system and controls everything we do.
MS is an autoimmune inflammatory condition affecting approximately 400,000 in the United States and two and a half million people worldwide.
Things To Know About MS
- MS symptoms can range from mild to severe, since MS is unpredictable and often varies from person to person. Symptoms may include numbness to the limbs, paralysis or loss of vision.
- Today, there have been great advances in MS research and new treatment options that provide hope to those with this disease.
- Maintaining good health is important for people with MS. This includes proper nutrition, exercise, emotional health.
- There are many ways to support MS research and awareness like MS events, and staying informed.
Here’s How to Get Involved During Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
Knowing about MS Awareness Month is a good start, but there are many ways to get involved.
1. Sign up for an MS Walk
- A fundraising walk is one way to get involved in your local community.
- You can walk to celebrate and honor a friend or loved one living with MS
- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has information about upcoming walks throughout the country.
Share your story
- If you’re living with MS, consider sharing your personal story with others.
- Your voice and story might inspire someone to maintain a positive outlook.
Spread the word on social media
- Use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or another social media platform
- Make use of hashtags that bring awareness to MS
- tag your posts with #MultipleSclerosisAwarenessMonth or #MSAwareness.
- Attend live MS webinars or other virtual events during March
- Become an activist and urge your state lawmakers to support policies that accommodate people with MS.
- If you have a loved one with the condition, education can help you empathize with them.
Make a donation
- You can make a one-time donation, or set up a recurring monthly payment.
- The National MS Society has several different donation options.
Official color for MS awareness
- The color orange represents MS awareness.
Multiple sclerosis may be a part of who you are, but it doesn’t define you.”Every day, people do whatever it takes to move their lives forward despite MS.