To the editor:
I am raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and have been for years. Better known as MS, it is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts flow of information between the brain and body. Patient symptoms vary and range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. It affects more than 400,000 children and adults in the United States.
Our bodies are in constant motion moving information from the brain to the body. MS stops people from moving by attacking myelin that protects normal nerve tissue. The damage keeps people from moving smoothly, both inside and out. Many have trouble imagining what their life would be without the ability to move, but I know the effects of MS as I was diagnosed with MS in October 2006.
On Monday, I will again take the initiative to attend the Carroll County commissioners' meeting and speak with them regarding MS. I am asking they accept a proclamation I constructed and recognize that March is MS Awareness Month in the state of Ohio as signed into law by former Gov. Robert Taft on March 2, 2006. I also would like to urge Jefferson County commissioners to take a moment and recognize MS Awareness Month at Thursday's meeting.
Currently there is no cure.
I ask for your help in raising MS awareness because this is a battle we can, and should, win.
Edward L. Hale
Carroll County MS Activist