Kicking MS to the Curb steps out of the box of multiple sclerosis with determination and humor. The MS journey brings challenges and concerns, stumbles and successes, triumphs and trouncings. We celebrate races run and battles won. And we stumble, reel and rise to try again.
Throughout, the orange thread traces our dogged determination to continue placing one foot in front of the other for as long as possible - until we win, until healing comes, or until the medical miracle is found.
Living with M.S.
"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become. Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)
Zooming: Describing multiple sclerosis from A to Z
At this moment, multiple sclerosis cannot be cured. Sure,
various treatments show promise for slowing the progression of this chronic
neurological condition. Various experts claim some medications can minimize the
frequency of MS exacerbations, flare-ups, and relapses (which may or may not
all be the same thing, depending upon whom you ask).
But a total remedy, which stops MS in its tracks, is not yet
available. Also, no current solution seems to be able to reverse existing
damage from this disease. Brain and spinal lesions are likely to linger, at
least until someone comes up with a way to treat them.
No one even seems to be able to pinpoint exactly what causes
MS. Theories abound – from childhood illnesses to head injuries to circulatory
system issues to rogue viruses to autoimmune problems to genetics to diet and
nutrition to all sorts of other possibilities.
Still, science marches on.
That’s where the
zooming comes in.
Medical research is showing tremendous promise for answering
multiple sclerosis and other yet-incurable diseases. Do we dare hope the MS
MonSter may be crushed during our lifetimes? Maybe someday, multiple sclerosis
will be ancient history.