Multiple Sclerosis—commonly referred to as “MS”—is an unpredictable and debilitating disease of the central nervous system. It disturbs the movement of knowledge within the brain, between the body and the brain. Women are more likely than men to develop MS in their lifetime and there is no known cure for MS, only symptoms maintenance. That’s why Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in March is so important—through awareness-raising, it hopes to cure the disease for good.
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month - History
Proclamation of March as MS Month
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie encouraged public officials and residents to organize and take part in MS awareness activities.
How to Observe Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
1. Exercise for MS
Whether you decide to "Bike for MS" or "Walk for MS," the more you get moving, the more opportunities you'll have to spread and share MS awareness. Exercising not only helps you to remain active, but it keeps your endorphins pumping, and puts you in a more positive mood.
2. Help others to learn about MS awareness
Spread the word about MS and its symptoms, what the disease consists of, and how people are able to live with MS diagnoses. You can start a social media campaign, share your story of living with MS, or share the story of someone you know who is affected by this disease.
3. Participate in MS Awareness Week
MS Awareness Week, in 2018, is held from March 11-17. This event allows you to communicate with others who suffer from this disease, as well as provide tips on how those who suffer from MS can perform their daily activities. It also allows you to share with others why MS is such a disabling disease and why it deserves recognition.
Why Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month is Important
A. About 2.3 million people in the world live with MS
MS can occur within a person's body without the person being aware that they are being affected, making a diagnosis hard to pinpoint. Currently, MS prevalences are not being consistently reported or tracked.
B. MS has many symptoms that are unpredictable
Sufferers of MS have to contend with extreme fatigue, difficulty walking, balance problems, and weakened vision. MS symptoms can often be inconsistent, as they can come and go depending on the person.
C. There is no direct cause of MS
It is believed that MS occurs from a variety of different factors, such as environmental elements, infectious agents, and immune reactions. Scientists are also looking into genetic factors to determine genetic markers within families.