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Understanding & coping with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
By Kumudini Hettiarachchi

Many have heard the tongue-twister, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but given it scant thought. Did you know that MS, a chronic neurological disease, affects young adults in the prime of their life, in their 20's and 30's, a majority of whom may be breadwinners?

Considered a "special disease" since 1868, when the first case of MS was diagnosed, the world has at last woken up to the gravity of this illness which leads to progressive loss of nerve function and 141 years later declared May 27 as 'World MS Day'.

Graphic courtesy nytimes.com

For pretty Dr. Hithaishi Weerakoon, it all started when she was just 24 years old. Pins and needles in her feet, sometimes her foot felt like plastic. There was numbness of face and feet; inability to pick up things or hold papers and difficulty in coordinating hand movements.



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