MS Fact: Most people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis between the ages of 20 and 50 years of age.
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The onset of Rebecca Pursley’s multiple sclerosis in 1993 was sudden and dramatic, she said.
She had to leave her job teaching elementary school in the Lake Washington School District in Kirkland for three months before returning part time.
During her absence, her students formed a team for Walk MS, an annual fundraising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. That team, named Team Armadillo because of Pursley’s fascination and devotion to the animals, raised more than $500.
“When I arrived at the 1994 MS Walk, I was surprised to see 27 children in armadillo costumes waiting for me,” Pursley said. “They took turns pushing my wheelchair and carrying banners the entire route.”
Source: Team Armadillo raises funds for multiple sclerosis research | News | goanacortes.com
Very inspiring story about what Rebecca Pursley’s students did in 1993 after her diagnosis of having MS. In forming team Armadillo they started a tradition.
For a period of 120 years, there were no effective therapies for this disorder other than chemotherapy and anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids. The first disease modifying treatment for MS became available in 1993.
We now have 14 agents available for treatment. Prior to these medicines being available, if someone was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis the chance that they will need to walk with a cane was 50 percent within 15 years.
Now, approximately one in 10 people in 15 years after they diagnosis require a cane.
Source: Staten Island now has 600 with multiple sclerosis | SILive.com
Having been told in the past that I couldn’t have MS because I wasn’t in a wheelchair by those who don’t understand how far we’ve come in treatments; this is a good article for info.
More proof that money donated for research is making a difference.