Do you know what MS is? Have you heard it over some medical TV series you watch but never bothered to search it up? There’s obviously more to life-threatening diseases than cancer. Multiple Sclerosis is one of those diseases that while are not fatal, represent a danger to 2 million people in the world.

There’s something significantly different about this disease, not only about the way it presents, spontaneously and never in a repeated demeanor or known pattern, it is similarly difficult to detect. Because the normal healthy human doesn’t occasionally undergo an MRI brain scan, lumbar puncture, or electrical tests for evoked potentials, the disease is known as “silent.” And while non-fatal, it is chronic due to the lack of any promising cure.

This disease has no cure, cannot be easily detected, and attacks the myelin sheath on your nerves; a coating that protects your nerves and enables their function, which means, the body’s immune system undergoes self-attack, and there’s no known way of stopping it. It may affect any nerves and therefore, this explains why it can affect any organ and has no specific pattern. A well-known form of MS is ALS which involves the death of neurons.

And while there is no cure, there are preventative measures including the recommended intake of Vitamin D. But there’s no definitive way of preventing, knowing, or curing this disease. I am not a biology student nor related to anyone who is an MS patient, but there is always something you can do to learn more about diseases, donate to fundraising organizations that collect donations for the research and support of patients, and there is definitely more to life-threatening diseases than just cancer.

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