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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week Wisconsin Man Shares His Story

March 6, 2013

(HARTLAND, WISCONSIN) – March 11-17 is MS Awareness Week, a nationwide effort to connect with everyone touched by multiple sclerosis, to educate others about MS and to raise money in support of research to treat and cure the disease. 

In Wisconsin, more than 10,000 children, women and men live with the disease – including Jeffrey Gingold, a married father of two daughters. After he was diagnosed with MS, Gingold wondered how much time he had left before he would be forced to rely on a wheelchair. But MS is unpredictable and handed Gingold a symptom he didn’t expect, a symptom which made his career as an attorney even more challenging: cognitive difficulties that included both memory lapses and confounded thinking – challenging his memory of faces, locations and tasks.

An estimated 65 percent of people with MS deal with cognitive difficulties. Gingold shared his own courageous and compelling personal account of his struggle with MS cognitive symptoms in the internationally acclaimed book Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis, Second Edition – which was a #1 Amazon best-selling MS publication upon release. Gingold also wrote Mental Sharpening Stones: Mange the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. Gingold has been a guest on The Montel Williams Show, numerous webcasts, national talk raido shows and was recently inducted into the 2012 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame.

The National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter is encouraging people to raise awareness of MS, especially during MS Awareness Week, March 11-17. Here are suggestions on how people can join the movement:

Register for the MS Summit at March 16 at www.wisMS.org.
Register for Walk MS, with 18 locations in April and May at www.walkMSwisconsin.org. 
Register for Bike MS (August 3-4) at www.bestdambikeride.org, Muck Fest MS (September 14) at www.muckfestMS.com or Challenge Walk MS (September 20-22) at www.challengewalkmswi.org.

Visit the Wisconsin Chapter Facebook page and share your story.

For more information or to interview Jeffrey Gingold, contact Amanda Gasper at 262-369-7173 or amanda.gasper@nmss.org.

About the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society proudly serves more than 10,000 residents diagnosed with MS, and those who love and care for them.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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