Monday, January 05, 2009

MS Without Borders

Life is not easy with MS. It is even more difficult to have MS in the wrong country. MS is such a personal disease, MSers may be unlikely to stop and look at the bigger picture. How is the world coping with MS? How are various countries researching, treating and providing diagnoses?

Multiple Sclerosis does not discriminate based on geographic boundaries, but treatment, management, and even awareness relies strongly on national ties. In one country, an MSer has access to state-of-the-art diagnostics, doctors and disease-modifying treatments. In another neighboring country, an MSer does not even know what is happening and has no idea where to go or what to ask. Some doctors do not have diagnostic tools or training, and there are few treatments available anyway. The difference is circumstance of birth country. MS is everywhere, but managing MS differs drastically in different countries.

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