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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month: March 2020

As part of MS Awareness Month, MS Awareness Week is held annually in the United States. In 2020, it’s scheduled for March 8–14.  During MS Awareness Week, the National MS Society (NMSS) takes a leadership role by focusing on the individual stories of those living with the condition. In sharing tales of the challenges and successes experienced by those with MS, the goal of the NMSS is to “help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with” the condition, according to the NMSS website.  In March 2019, using the hashtag #ThisIsMS, the NMSS posted video profiles of several adults with MS, highlighting how they manage their symptoms and maintain their quality of life.Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease of the central nervous system that can cause symptoms throughout the body. It's believed to be an autoimmune condition, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks normal tissues — in MS, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that normally protects nerve fibers in the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. As the myelin sheath is gradually destroyed, the resulting scar tissue (sclerosis) disrupts the electrical impulses between the brain and other parts of the body.

World MS Day is typically observed on May 30 each year. Established by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) in 2009, World MS Day seeks to unite the global MS community of more than 2.3 million people “to share stories, raise awareness, and campaign with and for everyone affected” by the condition. For 2019, MSIF centered World MS Day on the theme of “My Invisible MS,” and how the invisible symptoms of MS have a significant impact on quality of life.  The aim of the campaign was to challenge common misconceptions about MS and help people understand how to help those with conditions that are not always visible, including by lobbying decision makers to provide the right support.But it's not clear what causes the onset of this immune reaction, and most people diagnosed with MS have no known risk factors.

Most major health organizations have long estimated the prevalence of MS in the United States to be about 400,000 people, but research published in March 2019 in the journal Neurology puts the number of Americans living with MS at 1 million.

There are a number of walks and other events designed to raise funds for research and support for those with the condition.  Here is a list of popular walks and biking events for MS in the United States, most of which are organized under the auspices of the NMSSTo help people with the disease, as well as those who have a loved one with MS, a number of societies and advocacy groups have named March Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. It's also a time to bring attention to the current state of research on MS, including new ways to diagnose and treat the condition.

Sigil Video is insanely popular with the adults these days. If you’re over 18 then this is the place to be. sigil video is a social video app that allows its users to share short videos. There’s plenty of stickers, filters and augmented reality features to add to your videos. sigil vid is available on Android and IOS. sigil video is popular for creating short music videos of between 3 and 15 seconds. You can also create short looping videos of between 3 and 60 seconds.Throughout March, you may see orange ribbons adorned with a butterfly symbol. Orange is the official color for MS awareness, and the butterfly represents the shape commonly seen on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of a brain of a person with MS.

[Learn More at NMSS.org]

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