This is the Reader's Digest version of the every day life of someone living with MS. While I suffer from a majority of these things, I know many others that suffer these symptoms/conditions far worse than I do.
As an RN, I understand what it means to meet people where they are at that moment in time, so it's incredibly frustrating as a person with multiple chronic illnesses to have friends or family display this short sightedness toward me.
"Ever seen an electrician strip a wire? That's what my immune system is doing to my entire nervous system, only it won't stop there. It'll get greedy and go for the raw nerves. This includes my brain, spinal cord and optic nerve, along with every nerve in my body. If this happens to a wire, conductivity is interrupted, lessened or lost, and it's no different in the body. But unlike electrical work, with standards, MS is random and no two cases are alike."
Learning the Facts About MS About 400,000 people in the United States live with multiple sclerosis, yet awareness among the general public is still fairly low. Awareness of MS is important for a number of reasons. Public knowledge of symptoms can lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, and therefore better outcomes. Additionally, awareness of what MS is and how it impacts individuals and families can lead to more money raised for treatment and cure research, as well as heightened empathy…