In January 2018, I was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Within the CNS, the immune system causes inflammation that damages myelin— the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers — as well as the nerve fibers themselves, and the specialized cells that make myelin. It scared me, but now that is has been some time, I am learning so much about this condition, and I am personally at a better place. I have become an advocate for this condition in hopes that more will learn about and support those going through this.
While this disease is not life-threatening, it can cause complications if not properly treated. There is much research going into this disease in order to find a cure. If you would, consider donating to the National MS Society by following the link below.