Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Progressive MS Types: Research

In the series of articles on Progressive MS for the MS Section of Health Central, this one talks aboutresearch. This article was first published June 10. Here it is --

Progressive MS Types: Research

" What is research but a blind date with knowledge?" ~ Will Harvey

At least 60% of all MSers have Relapsing/Remitting MS (RRMS). It follows that most clinical trials apply to RRMS as well. The goal of these clinical trials is to slow or prevent slipping into the chasm known as Chronic Progressive MS. There is less known and fewer treatments for progressive MS types and also less research to address those problems.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Pictures of MS

Can a picture convey what MS means to you?

The Multiple Sclerosis Trust is a UK charity with a mission to provide information, education for professionals, research funding and support. They sponsored a photography contest for MSers to show what MS means to them. This is exciting. My Facebook friend Denise Walburgh is a finalist in the photography contest!

There are nine photographs with a sentence or short paragraph that how or why the image represents MS. One says ". . . the picture says it all." I think each of the pictures provides a personal voice we can all understand.

Check out the pictures. Vote. Denise would appreciate your vote.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

MS Progressive Types: Treatments

In the series of articles on Progressive MS for the MS Section of Health Central, the third one talks about treatments. This article was first published June 3. Here it is --

MS Progressive Types: Treatments

The MS community was thrilled in 1993 when the FDA announced approval of the first drug that addressed the disease instead of just symptoms. Approval of Interferon B opened up a whole new world of possibilities for MSers. In the next few years, a family of drugs -- Avonex, Betaseron, Copoxane -- and later, a fourth option -- Rebif -- became standard treatments as disease-modifying medications for Relapsing/Remitting MS. These standard medications are known collectively by their initials -- the CRAB drugs.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

MS Progressive Types: Living with It

In the series of articles on Progressive MS for the MS Section of Health Central, the third one talks about living with it. This article was first published May 26. Here it is --

MS Types: Living with Progressive MS

Each of us has our own way of dealing with bad news, and an MS diagnosis is bad news. When someone is newly diagnosed, it is pretty scary. Some people bend over backwards to learn everything they can. Others just live with it awhile, hoping for the best. We all learn as we go along because living with MS is such an ongoing challenge. Living with progressive MS is even more of a challenge.

The positive thinker adopts the mantra: "I have MS, it doesn't have me." There are times MS tries to take over our lives. It's as if the disease is an evil entity with a life of its own, but we must make the effort to ensure MS does not dominate. We are still the people we were before MS invaded our bodies. To stay true to the positive mantra, it is more important than ever to work on a healthy quality of life. I am here to tell you Progressive MS does not indicate the end of life. Your life is different, but it is still within your power to shape it.

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