March is my month. Well, actually, it is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. MS has totally changed the direction of my life, and friends and family and the public at large do not understand. There are so many things I do not know either, so March is my month. In addition, March 2 - 9 is MS Awareness Week. The National MS Society (NMSS) recognizes companies for boosting the movement’s visibility during this week.
Why do we need awareness? Although many people have heard of MS, most people do not know much about it. I read in the current issue of Ability magazine* about one man's experience with an ophthalmologist who had misconceptions. The doctor, checking Charlie's optic neuritis, told him he had MS so he was dying. Charlie was stunned.