It’s World MS Day – but what does that mean, exactly. Well, it was started to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis throughout the world. And I think it has succeeded. If you read all the stories today on the various news and blog sites, there are programs going on in 75+ countries today to commemorate this special day. There are waterfalls and state houses being turned orange. Many of the most prominent MS websites are commemorating this day. There are stories all over the news about this day. But – that’s what it means globally. What does it mean to you – individually?
To me it means that more people will be exposed to what MS really is. When I was first diagnosed, my brother told me that he donated to “Jerry’s Kids.” Well, I thought that was very nice, but just what in the hell did that have to do with me? He had confused MS with Muscular Dystrophy. I find that funny now, but the truth is, unless they’re personally touched by MS, most people really don’t know a thing about what it means to have MS. In fact, because it is a disease that is so different from person to person – and so different within each person – it’s often tough to define even for those closest to us. We don’t know what causes it, we don’t know how to cure it, my MS is different from her MS, and my MS might be different in a minute.
All of that is true – but today – maybe – people who aren’t personally affected by MS might hear something about this silly disease that sticks with them. Something that resonates with them. Something that will help them to not confuse it with another disease in the future. Something that will compel them to donate to MS research. Something that might set into motion the beginning of the end for Multiple Sclerosis. Here’s hoping.
In commemoration of this most auspicious of days, I’m encouraging you to purchase a tee shirt from Peace Frogs that I had a hand in designing. It’s pictured at the top of this post. Wear it loud and proud! Share your insight. Educate the world. Get your orange on!! Here’s the link: MS GETS ON MY NERVES. And thank you for your support.
It seems to help the stress, just to say F-U-M-S