During the month of March, policy makers, organizations, and family members are speaking for the men and women they love who are affected by MS.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America recognizes March as the awareness month for MS.
It is a difficult disease to diagnose, but some common symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, and even extreme fatigue, trouble walking and keeping balance, and more.
Commonly, the disease affects people ages 20 to 50, but there are younger people with the disease, too.
Family Nurse Practitioner Jamie Seszko works with MS patients at Wheeling Hospital. She said the first thing a diagnosed patient should do is look for treatment.
“It’s not a death sentence, and that’s what I always tell people, it’s just a adjustment, it’s a life change, there’s going to be good days and bad days, but it’s nothing that you can’t live with,” said Seszko.
For MS patients, Wheeling Hospital offers many treatments including injections, oral pills, infusions, and the newest treatment for primary progressive MS.
To support the awareness month, you can wear orange, or an MS ribbon.