To the Editor: Progress on MS can’t wait. Move it…. and move us closer to a world free of MS

Every hour, someone is diagnosed with MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Many have trouble imagining what their lives would be without the ability to move, but I know the effects of MS; I live with it every day. MS is a disease that can be invisible to the observer and is commonly diagnosed at the prime of life. The effects, fatigue, mobility issues and pain can be life altering and devastating.

MS campaigners around the world are getting ready for World MS Day May 25.The theme this year is MS and work. Too many people with MS have to leave their jobs or retire early, when small changes to their workplace or working conditions could enable them to keep working longer. You can help raise employers’ awareness about supporting workers with MS. Please support people with MS and other chronic diseases. We want to maintain our employment—ask us how you (the employer) can help so we can continue working!

Progress on MS can’t wait. Move us closer to a world free of MS.

Pam Johnson
Pecatonica, Ill.

From the May 25-31, 2011 issue

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