There are more than 9,000 people in Ireland, 700,000 people in Europe and more than 2.5 million people around the world living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Millions more people are affected by the condition indirectly – families, lovers, partners, children, caregivers, friends and co-workers.
Approximately three times as many women compared to men are diagnosed with MS.
Multiple Sclerosis means multiple scars- the scars or plagues form on different nerves that make up the Central Nervous System (your eyes, your brain and your spinal cord). MS causes the immune system to attack and destroy the ‘myelin’, a fatty substance that protects the signal conduction in the nerve. This causes faults in the connections and leads to the nerve signals being distorted and sometimes the attack can destroy the
opportunity for any signals to transmit. It is because of this there is such a variety of symptoms including problems with your eye sight, sensory loss (not being able to feel another’s touch and you loose the ability to touch), balance, losing your voice, cognitive impairment, fatigue and losing the power in your limbs. Because MS affects your central nervous system, the system that controls most aspects of your body, the condition can cause a huge variety of problems. Mine include fatigue, loss of balance, cognitive dysfunction, visual difficulties as well as depression.