National Multiple Sclerosis Society
If you’re a Facebook frequenter, you may have seen famous actress Selma Blair’s recent interviews with “Good Morning America” and Vanity Fair. These interviews didn’t take place so the interviewers could ask her about her role in an upcoming film or TV show, or prompt her for the name of the designer who made her dress. Instead, Selma Blair made these appearances after spending approximately three years outside the limelight struggling with her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis in 2016.
What Is MS?
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The body’s immune system attacks nerve endings in the central nervous system, which essentially disrupts the flow of information within the brain. Subsequently, the brain then struggles to deliver information to the spine and the rest of the body. While no two people will experience the exact same symptoms, an estimated 2.3 million people are living with MS worldwide.
The National MS Society’s Pacific South Coast location serves as one of our center’s amazing resource partners. They are diligently working to empower people affected by MS to solve everyday challenges, disseminating the latest in research done to help find a curative solution and spread awareness about the invisible symptoms associated with this vicious disease.
Since World MS Day is coming up next month on May 30, the #MyInvisibleMS campaign will trend across social media platforms in order to raise awareness about the symptoms of MS and the unseen impact this disease has on quality of life for those who suffer from it. The campaign will give a voice to everyone affected by MS to express what they want others to know and understand about it. This will challenge common misconceptions and help people understand how to provide the right support.
Walk MS: San Diego 2019
On Saturday, April 13, Walk MS will be hosting a community walk to bring together a group of passionate people for one powerful cause: to end MS forever. For every step taken, another dollar will be raised to support research to find a cure for this disease.
Whether you or a loved one are newly diagnosed or have had MS for many years, the National MS Society is a great resource you can utilize. To find out how they can help you, or to register for the MS Walk, go to NationalMSSociety.org/Chapters/CAS.