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Approximately 400,000 Americans have multiple sclerosis (MS), and every week about 200 more people are diagnosed. Worldwide, MS affects about 2.5 million people.
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
During Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week this March, Community Health Charities joins member charity National Multiple Sclerosis Society in raising awareness of the disease. The Society has also made great strides in helping those affected by MS and their families with vital programs, services, educational opportunities and support groups.
Below you will find a variety of programs and services offered by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Programs for the Newly Diagnosed
MS Next Step® (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/society-programs-and-services/ms-next-step/index.aspx)
Knowledge is Power (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/society-programs-and-services/knowledge-is-power/index.aspx)
Programs offering General Support
Client Publications (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/multimedia-library/brochures/index.aspx)
Connection Programs (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/connection-programs/index.aspx)
MS Learn Online (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/multimedia-library/webcasts--podcasts/index.aspx)
Financial Assistance Program (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/society-programs-and-services/financial-assistance-program/index.aspx)
My Life, My MS, My Decisions (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/getting-the-care-you-need/my-life-my-ms-my-decisions/index.aspx)
You CAN! (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/you-can/index.aspx)
Timmy’s Journey to Understanding MS (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/multimedia-library/videos--dvds/timmy%E2%80%99s-journey-to-understanding-ms/index.aspx)
Keep S’myelin’: A Newsletter About MS for Children (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/multimedia-library/kids-keep-smyelin/index.aspx)
Children & Teens with MS: A Network for Families (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/pediatric-ms/pediatric-ms-support-group/index.aspx)
Spanish Resources/Información en Español (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/informacion-en-espanol/index.aspx)
Source: National MS Society
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