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 working 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.
Paralympian Gold Medallist and MS Gong Ride Ambassador, Carol Cooke, led a team of neurologists, physiotherapists, bike mechanics and people living with multiple sclerosis to build a bike that reflects the invisible symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The Bike with MS has attracted worldwide attention with replica bikes built in Mexico, Hungary, Turkey, Germany and the US as well as receiving 3 prestigious Lion Awards and an Effie Award. With over 158,000 views on YouTube the Bike with MS has provided an engaging tool to help facilitate understanding on some of the symptoms of living with multiple sclerosis.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis…yet. There are constantly new discoveries in research helping to inch further to a cure, and advancement in treatments of this lifelong disease. As well as helping to provide support to people living with multiple sclerosis now, we also provide funding for research so we can find a cure for this debilitating disease.
Your support means no one has to face multiple sclerosis alone.
See how every dollar you fundraise, helps to support real people living every day with multiple sclerosis. Put yourself in their shoes for a minute and just imagine how your life might change. Here is just a couple, of the 23,000 Aussies living with MS who we are fortunate enough to meet and help support, so they do not have to face MS alone.
It was in 2008, soon after Tim had proposed to his wife and was enjoying his football career, when he noticed his first symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Blurred vision turned into double vision and before long, numbness started to set in. Trying to hide the symptoms at work became increasingly hard for Tim, who soon after, contacted MS Employment Support. Our team talked to his employer and they all worked together to allow Tim to reach his full potential, as well as provide him with a wheelchair to combat his impaired balance and fatigue.
Nadine was affected suddenly and severely by her multiple sclerosis. She was suffering from vertigo, numbness and debilitating fatigue. Thanks to the support of donors, the MS Care Service was able to put Nadine in touch with an occupational therapist. Here, she was able to unravel each symptom and understand better what was causing them. By planning the way forward with her occupational therapist, Nadine could work towards different milestones and bring back normalcy to her and her children’s lives.
You can find out more about multiple sclerosis at ms.org.au