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Be inspired. Get connected. Walk MS.

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By Marilyn Schreier

MS walk will be held in Rochester at Soldiers Field Memorial on May 4, registration is from 10-11 a.m., participants have the opportunity to walk one or five miles route. Come and support family and friends who have this disease.

I was diagnosed with MS almost two years ago, but my symptoms started six years prior to this. They thought it was Optic Neuritis that had affected the vision in my right eye and without running tests they sent me home with a medication of Prednisone. When the symptoms returned and the vision was lost in my left eye, they were able to confirm the diagnosis. I had MS. Most days are good but there are days that I have had to learn to slow down my pace and ask for help from friends or family. I am still able to enjoy life to the fullest and stay involved, just not to the degree I was use to in the past. There is nothing written that this is a hereditary disease, I feel it could be as my sister was diagnosed five years ago.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA approved therapy can make a difference for many people with MS. MS affects 2.3 million people worldwide. The National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter represents more than 17,000 people with MS in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and several counties in western Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Join the movement on May 4 and come and support your family and friends who are living with this disease.

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