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March13–19

MS (multiple sclerosis) Awareness Week – March 13-19, 2023

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week takes place in March. This year, it takes place from March 13 to 19. It’s dedicated to spreading awareness about the auto-immune disease, multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the central nervous system of an individual throughout the course of their life. Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week was created to educate and spread awareness about the realities of living with multiple sclerosis. It also informs the general public on how to assist people who have been diagnosed.

History of MS (multiple sclerosis) Awareness Week

Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that affects the central nervous system. This auto-immune disease has been in existence for centuries. It was first documented by a French professor, Jean Cruveilhier, in 1793. Professor Cruveilhier gave a detailed description of multiple sclerosis but failed to identify it as a separate disease. By 1836 a Swiss pathologist, Georg Eduard Rindfleisch, discovered that inflammations attributed to lesions were distributed in the blood cells. The first recognition of Multiple Sclerosis came in 1868 by the French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. He made observations and consulted reports from his predecessors. He named the disease “sclerose en plaques.”

Attempts at establishing a diagnosis for the disease were also made by Jean-Martin Charcot. He observed the cognitive changes in his patients and made the observation that conceptions were slowly formed. He published more about the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in a book titled “Charcot Triad.” By 1965, an attempt to standardize the method of diagnosing M.S. was made by Schumacher. He stated that the “dissemination of lesions in time and space and the signs and symptoms of M.S. cannot be explained by the process of other diseases.” The requirements he gave were adopted and improved in 2010. The updated criteria by Poser and McDonald are still in use.

By the 20th century, theories about the cause of multiple sclerosis led to effective treatments being developed in the 1990s. By the 21st century, the treatments became refined, using only one proven lesion for the diagnosis of M.S. Although there is no cure for M.S., improvements in the treatment methods give hope for the future.

MS (multiple sclerosis) Awareness Week timeline

1868
M.S. is Named

The French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot names the auto-immune disease “sclerose en plaques.”

1870
Recognized as a Disease

Multiple sclerosis officially becomes recognized as a disease.

1940
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is founded to support M.S. research.

1951
Cortisone Treatments

Cortisone is one of the first treatments used for multiple sclerosis attacks.

1990s
New M.S. Treatments

Interferon is approved in the United States as a treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

MS (multiple sclerosis) Awareness Week FAQs

What is the color for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week?

Orange is the color used to represent Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.

Why does a butterfly represent multiple sclerosis?

Because of the similarity between its shape and an M.R.I. brain scan, butterflies are used to symbolize M.S.

How long can a person with M.S. live?

A diagnosed M.S. patient has a life expectancy of 25 to 35 years.

How to Observe MS (multiple sclerosis) Awareness Week

  1. Join an event

    Take part in Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week by joining one of the many events held during the week. Visit the National M.S. Society website to find an event near you.

  2. Volunteer

    Volunteering your time and skills is another way to observe Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Be an advocate for change and join the M.S. movement!

  3. Make donations

    Donate to support further research on multiple sclerosis and care services. Even the smallest donation will go a long way.

5 Important Facts About Multiple Sclerosis

  1. Mysterious cause

    There is no known cause for multiple sclerosis.

  2. Women are more affected

    Multiple sclerosis affects up to four times the number of women than men.

  3. No set symptoms

    Multiple sclerosis symptoms are not definite; they vary from person to person.

  4. Relapse and remission

    Multiple sclerosis patients can suffer a relapse and can have remission periods.

  5. 2.3 million global cases

    By 2020, the number of multiple sclerosis cases worldwide amounted to 2.3 million.

Why MS (multiple sclerosis) Awareness Week is Important

  1. Creates awareness

    Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week aids in raising global awareness about the disease. This promotes collaboration in research and education on M.S.

  2. It serves as a memorial

    Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week serves as a memorial. It allows for the remembrance of people with multiple sclerosis who have passed away.

  3. Community

    Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week creates a community for people with multiple sclerosis. The families and friends of M.S. patients also share experiences, offer support, and encourage one another.

MS (multiple sclerosis) Awareness Week dates

YearDateDay
2022March 13Sunday
2023March 13Monday
2024March 13Wednesday
2025March 13Thursday
2026March 13Friday

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