Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelley declared this week Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week for the city of Middlesboro. He signed the proclamation on Wednesday in the presence of Nina Shoemaker, Teri Moore and Teresa Burchfield, who all have MS. The chair of the MS Walk/5K run in Middlesboro, Ashley Cambron, was also present for the signing.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) website, MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
Multiple sclerosis is not just a collection of the aforementioned symptoms, it is a disease of uncertainty that can rob a person of his/her independence and overall quality of life, and can impact the lives of those closest to the diagnosed.
The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men having the disease. Research in MS is currently advancing at a remarkable rate — with more potential therapies in the pipeline than at any other time in history — and progressions are moving researchers closer to stopping the disease, restoring function and ending MS forever.