Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often debilitating disease which attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). It is the most common neurological disease in young adults and attacks people at the time of their lives when they are planning families and building a career.
Every day four people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which equates to an additional 1,000 every year. The average age of diagnosis is between 20 and 40 years of age, although symptoms may begin much earlier. Three out of four people living with multiple sclerosis are women.
No two cases of multiple sclerosis are identical and the severity and progression of the condition cannot be predicted.
Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong disease for which a cause and cure are yet to be found. However, doctors and scientists are constantly making new discoveries about the treatment and management of multiple sclerosis.
The money you fundraise makes a huge difference to the quality of their lives. It enables MS to provide vital funds to help people living with multiple sclerosis access the services, support, treatment and information they need to continue to live full and uncompromised lives.
You can find out more about multiple sclerosis at www.ms.org.au.
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