Sunday, January 28, 2007

What About MS and the Kids?

MS is generally considered an adult disease, but we know children are affected, too. The National MS Society (NMSS) tells us that of the 400,000 Americans who have MS, 8,000-10,000 are teenagers or younger.

The children's newsletter Keep S'myelin is available online and in printed copies. It is colorful, easy to read, and every issue covers a new topic. Children can submit stories, poems, or drawings to share with others. This newsletter even won an award: The International Summit Creative Award Competition for 2002.

These stories are helpful for children who have MS as well as children whose parent, sibling, aunt, friend or neighbor has MS. These interactive flash issues are easy enough for children to read themselves and may inspire them to submit their own stories or pictures.

You don't have to be a young child to take advantage of NMSS reading materials. Older kids have their own newsletter called Teen InsideMS where they can download PDFs of past issues.

And for those of us who are even older kids (aka adults), many NMSS brochures are also available for online reading.

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