Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease of the
central nervous system. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society estimates that
at least 400,000 people, mostly women, in the U.S. have MS. Each week, 200 new
cases of MS are diagnosed. Symptoms range from numbness in the limbs to paralysis
or loss of vision. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and
50, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can last a lifetime.
While the progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot
be predicted, advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected
by the disease.
Message from David L. Lander
I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 1984, there was nothing
you could do about it. Doctors would say, "diagnose and adios." Now,
there are treatments available to control this progressive disease. If you have
MS, discuss with your doctor how treatments can help you alter the long term course
of your disease.