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National MS Week is that very week of the year when every one of us can do something to help raise awareness and understanding of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a neurological condition affecting the central nervous system.

It is a week focused on calling attention to the barriers that stand between people living with MS and ongoingly seeking out effective treatments and, ultimately, one day, a cure.

History of National MS Week

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition with a rich history of medical research and understanding that spans centuries. MS was established as an independent disease in the late 19th century.

It belongs to the so-called disorders characterized by demyelination, in which the myelin envelope of cells is destroyed.

This degeneration disturbs the smooth flow of the electrical impulse along these nerve fibers and gives way to different neurological symptoms. Symptoms can range from visual problems such as partial blindness to muscle weakness, coordination, and balance problems to many cognitive disorders.

This is the first case recorded in the medical literature from the 14th century: the Dutch Saint Lidwina of Schiedam began presenting a series of symptoms now related to the disease after taking a fall while ice skating.

But it was only in the late 1800s was MS officially recognized as a separate condition. French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot did pioneering work, helping to define it.

Charcot provided an accurate account of the symptoms and course of the disease, reporting critical observations about the case that were to establish future research.

He was able to associate the physical symptoms presented by his patients with the lesions in the brain and spinal cord observed by him upon performing an autopsy.

The approach and treatment of MS were notably evolved in the 20th century. In the 1990s, the first effective treatments emerged, based on the ancient Greeks’ early theories about the origins of MS, meant to stem the tide of multiple sclerosis.

Such major advances substantially changed the landscape of MS management—from predominantly supportive care to more active disease modification.

Equally important is the fact that inroads made in diagnostic criteria for MS have been made throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, serving to diagnose the disease more preemptively and accurately.

In the current light, MS is recognized as an environment-genes-viral multifactorial condition, with a high chance of being due to genetic predispositions, environmental influences, and maybe even viral infections.

Although multiple sclerosis remains a condition without cure, continuous research can sharpen treatment options that aid greatly in the management of symptoms, slowing the progression of the disease and improving the quality of life among MS sufferers.

It is worth the slow but sure march in understanding the enigma behind this complex disease for better insight into the history of MS. A journey marked by dedication and medical ingenuity continues today in the constant pursuit of new knowledge and better treatments.

How to Celebrate National MS Week

How can you join National MS Week? Give these activities a try:

Volunteer with MS Charities

Volunteering is a very effective approach to taking part in National MS Week by actively being involved in offering volunteer services to organizations that are mostly involved in research and support services that target MS. It may also be a source of reward from the people concerned by giving practical and emotional support.

Donate to the Cause

Funding is also very important for giving donations in order to research and provide resources to MS organizations. Even small amounts can bring a big change towards seeking a cure and increasing the quality of life for those living with MS.

Join National MS Week Fundraiser Events

People could join a walk, run, or even a virtual fundraising event. These events usually produce money and awareness, so the atmosphere of every event has its own sense of community toward the cause.

Educate Yourself and Others

Find out more about MS and let other people know. Awareness is one of the greatest weapons in the fight against MS. When people are aware, they can better support those who need it.

Pin on an Orange Ribbon

An orange ribbon represents support and solidarity with the MS community. The ribbon is one simple but highly effective way of creating an MS dialogue and supporting the disease during National MS Week.

Share National MS Week Content on Social Channels

Use social media to create awareness through such campaigns. Post informative tweets about MS, share stories of patients going through it, or maybe even run a hashtag campaign for even more effect.

Social media has the power to inform a large number of people and can even be utilized to develop solidarity for people with MS.

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