March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) will be marking it with a campaign to educate and heighten public awareness of the disease and the needs of the MS community.
For this campaign, the MSAA will dedicate each week in March to a particular symptom or issue:
- The Walking and MS Awareness Week (week of March 7, 2016), supported by Acorda Therapeutics, will be focused on the difficulties with walking, a common issue for individuals with MS. Throughout this week, the MSAA is inviting people to better understand walking and MS by watching an insightful video and by answering a survey. Details can be found at mymsaa.org/walking.
- The Pseudobulbar Affect Awareness Week (week of March 14, 2016) is supported by Avanir Pharmaceuticals. Pseudobulbar Affect is a distressing condition marked by sudden, involuntary episodes of crying or laughing. MSAA invites people to better understand this lesser-known but very impactful symptom by watching a recently produced video, and by completing the newly developed Pseudobulbar Affect Awareness Survey. More information can be found at mymsaa.org/pba.
- The MS Relapse Awareness Week (week of March 21, 2016) is supported by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. MSAA is inviting people to test their knowledge of MS relapses (exacerbations) by taking part in the newly developed MS Relapse Awareness Quiz, as well as to explore the many tools and resources featured on the online center, including an insightful video, archived webinar, downloadable brochure, helpful questions to ask doctors and healthcare professionals, and more. For more information, visit mymsaa.org.
MS is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord (called myelin) are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate with each other, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. MS is estimated to affect 2.3 million people worldwide.
MSAA is a leading resource for the entire MS community, and works to improve the lives of the more than 400,000 Americans with MS today through vital services and support.