The MonSter Under the Bed
Did you know that March 7-13th is Multiple Sclerosis awareness week, and March 25th is World MS Day? Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable chronic disease that affects 400,000 people in the US, and 2.5 million people around the world. The MS society is dedicated to helping find new treatments for the disease, and a potential cure. They are also a wealth of information for people who live with this debilitating chronic illness.
Imagine going to sleep feeling fine, and waking up to discover that you can't see out of one eye. Maybe you will recover your sight in that eye, maybe you won't. The eye Dr. can't help you because there is nothing physically wrong with your eye. MS has broken the connection between your brain and your eye, and you can only hope that the treatment your neurologist puts you on will give your body the ability to heal or redirect the neural pathways so you can recover completely.
When you have MS, you never know what your experience of the disease will be like. You might be totally fine, with only some minor flare ups that you eventually recover from, or you could gradually loose the ability to walk, or your own experience may be something between the two extremes. You might start out having only minor problems with the disease, but then things may exacerbate and you find yourself in a wheelchair. Or not. The only certain thing about Multiple Sclerosis is the uncertainty of knowing how it is going to be for you. It is like the monster under the bed you were afraid of as a child. You know it is there, but you never know if or when it is going to rear its ugly head. The difference is that MS is real, and you never grow out of it. There are still many unknowns about MS, and much research is needed to discover what the causes it, and how to end this debilitating disease.
On their website, the National MS Society states as its mission "People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever." It is for this reason, I will be donating 15% of all sales in my web shop during the month of March to the National MS Society. For more information on MS and the National MS Society, see their website here. I hope to see a cure for this disease in my lifetime.