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Awareness - Every Connection Counts

We are unwavering in our commitment to be at the forefront of building awareness for multiple sclerosis and everyone affected by it. The disease and the MS movement — those engaged in addressing the challenges of MS today while moving toward long-term solutions for tomorrow — become better known each year, but more must be done.

Every connection counts when it comes to increasing awareness and support of our cause. Every individual we connect with personally, every letter we write to an elected official, every person in our Facebook network, every poster we put up, every dollar we raise, every video viewed — each connection has the opportunity to change the world for people affected by MS.

MS Awareness Week

MS Awareness Week 2014 was March 3 - 9 and people everywhere created connections stronger than the ones MS destroys. During this special week and all year, take action to help others learn more about MS and what they can do to make a difference.

2014 MS Awareness Week Recap

A recap of MS Awareness activities around the country during MS Awareness Week 2014.

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Georgia Chapter Member's Corner

Here we take the time to share the courageous stories of our members, get comfy and enjoy the amazing story of Faye

MY MS, MY STORY

 
 In April 2008 my neurologist ordered a spinal tap to confirm his diagnosis…
I HAD MS!  I heard the words but I am not sure I even knew what they meant. I honestly didn't know a lot about the disease. I explained to my neurologist that MS had been ruled out by another neurologist just two months prior.  A week later my spinal tap confirmed it and my MRI now showed four lesions on my brain and one on my spine.  
 
I don't remember crying, I don't remember being scared, I just remembered being ANGRY and then came the depression.  On the outside I was "functioning" but inside I was falling apart.  I stayed in that state for the better part of the year.
I didn't want to be a victim. I didn't want anyone feeling sorry for me. I didn't want anyone to think I was weak. I'm not sure if it was obvious to friends and family but I checked out.  
 
A few months after starting on a disease modifying therapy to treat my MS, while surfing the web I noticed an ad for Walk MS - Atlanta in Piedmont Park. Unfortunately it was the same date I was to be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding so I could not participate. I was relieved; I had a great excuse to stay checked out. 
 
In April 2010 I called the National MS Society, Georgia Chapter to donate to
Walk MS. I decided that I did not want to walk because I wasn't ready for everyone in my life to know I had this disease. The staff person simply asked me "who are you donating for?" and I remember saying, almost in a whisper, "ME."


I realized at that moment that except for a few people I was keeping this disease a secret and I had just admitted it to myself...I HAVE MS.  The staff person suggested that I send emails to close family and friends asking for donations to support Walk MS. Within hours not only did people donate, some actually joined a team.  I now had a team... Caribbean Sistahs Against MS.  I had no idea what I was doing but I managed to raise $1,500 and my team raised another $1,500, however, most people still didn't know that I had MS.
 
It wasn't until the following year while on vacation in L.A. my friend sent an email that she started a New York Walk MS team and then email after email after email... more friends signed up to walk.  I finally cried and then I could not stop crying. I felt a weight lifted from me immediately. I posted on Facebook that same day and thanked my friends for their support. I also thanked them for being the voice I couldn't find in myself. I had finally "checked back in" and I was no longer ashamed of having this disease.
 
I now have two Walk MS teams, one in Atlanta and one in New York named BFF’s Against MS because I walk with all my Best Friends Forever (BFF) and they walk with me. We were no longer just 'Caribbean Sistahs'.  Together, we have raised over $50,000 and now we also walk in memory of one of my friend's moms who passed away in 2011 after fighting MS for years. The only way I can honor her memory is to walk alongside her son, my BFF. 
 
MS has tried to take a lot from me over the years, but in the process, I've found my voice and more importantly I have found peace. My life is forever changed but MS no longer controls me.  I walk because I CAN and for others that can't. 
 
I am the face of MS.
 
Fay G.
 

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Help others learn about multiple sclerosis

Helping others better understand this complex and unpredictable disease is a critical part of creating awareness and understanding about MS.
 
You can view and easily share the videos below, and many other videos available on the Society’s YouTube channel to help others better understand MS and the experience of living with the disease.

Step it Out Against MS is more than a Walk MS Team

MS Connection PSA

Multiple sclerosis destroys connections. It disconnects the mind from the body and people from each other. Defy this disease with the very thing it seeks to destroy: connections. Every Connection Counts: why do you connect? www.MSconnection.org

MS Impacts Us All

Creating awareness is something each of us is committed to — and can act on today. By lending our individual voices, each and every one of us can lay the groundwork for the most viral MS awareness activity to date — by simply sharing.

NOW MS Research

More than 20,000 researchers go to work to create a world free of MS every day. We can stop the disease in its tracks, restore what's been lost, and end this disease forever. Our commitment to people with MS isn't to just get it done, but to do it NOW.

What Is MS?

This video shows what happens in the central nervous system when a person has multiple sclerosis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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