This month has been Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month and I am bringing it to a close today. Here are a few things that I have learned over the last three weeks.
I didn’t know about the problem of overheating until I did the research. With my autoimmune disorders, I get cold quickly and take a long time to warm up.
I was also surprised to learn that cognitive changes can be the first symptom with MS. I always thought it started in the muscles. It is nice to know that this process can be slowed down by working on improving memory and challenging the mind.
I found it kind of scary at how high the economic impact of this disease is. This utilization of healthcare services increases with increasing disability, with an average yearly healthcare cost of:
- $30,000 for those with mild to moderate disability;
- $50,000 for those with moderate disability;
- and $100,000 or more for those with more severe disability, such as those confined to a wheelchair or bed/chair.
What wasn’t surprising is many of the other symptoms and flares that are experienced by people living with MS are shared with other autoimmune disorders.
So in closing this month’s posts on MS I just want to say that I sympathize and empathize with those of you living with MS. I stand with you. I pray for you. And I will always cheer you on in your fight to live an amazing life.