Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week!

[Post written by Kelsey Johnson]

Next week is National Multiple Sclerosis Society Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week (March 1th – March 17th). Many of us know someone, or know of someone who has suffered with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is commonly referred to as MS, which is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. The central Nervous System is composed of the brain and the spinal cord. Damage to these organs can have drastic effects on a person. Depending on the severity, they may have balance or coordination problems, vision problems, slurred speech, dizziness, fatigue and other symptoms.

Check out some of our videos on Discovery Education that discuss Multiple Sclerosis.  In the video segment “Teens Cope with Chronic Diseases,” your students can relate to people their age that are affected by this disease.

Every year, there are several different events held to raise awareness and fundraise for Multiple Sclerosis. You can participate in one of the nearly 600 MS walks held all around the country, Bike in one of the Bike MS events, or start your own fundraiser to help fight MS.

If you have time, check out the National MS Society’s site to educate yourself and your students on the disease. There are many informational resources for you to explore as well as options to donate and get involved.