In “Am I MS?” Miriamne Ara Krummel talks about her personal journey she endured dealing with multiple sclerosis. Krummel further explains at the end how she was finally able to accept her diagnosis and to embrace it. She finds that it’s important to be open about the disease. She believes that, “it might be helpful if more people would talk about death and dying as an intrinsic part of life” (76-77).When she was first diagnosed, she had a difficult time coping with MS. In fact, she at first denied that she could possibly have MS and like her family, were hoping that it was some kind of flu, until further testings’ at the hospital proved them wrong. However, through the process she learned that she felt better as she acknowledge the disease
Through studying MS, researchers are finding ways to better protect our Myelin against attacks such as through a process called remyelination. Recent studies have led many scientists to believe that CD8+ T cells, whose job is to protect good cells and kill dangerous ones, play a role in the myelin damage. However, more research is needed to learn more about MS and what causes it. Not all studies agree that DD8+ cells cause the attacks, but instead some think that they tone down the attacks. Overall, there is many answers for scientists to find. Through learning how MS happens we may be able to learn how to stop it and return the freedom and health of those
Multiple Sclerosis is when the immune system attacks the nervous system. Higgins has multiple lesions on her brain and spine and she relapses and remits which means she gets sick and then better but she never restores complete function of her brain and body. To her children, MS means “Many Scars” because she has scars on her brain and spine. Harper and Hudson are too little to understand Multiple Sclerosis but they understand that sometimes Higgins is sick and in pain. Higgins was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was in college around twenty two years old. She was suffering from loss of vision and horrible migraines. She had a vision test, an MRI, and then a spinal tap. The MRI showed four lesions on her brain and the spinal tap confirmed the diagnosis because her spinal serum tests differently than healthy humans. Every month Higgins has an injection of medicine that is meant to help slow down the progression of her MS. Higgins also takes steroids every time she relapses and gets sick. The steroids are meant to make her feel better and send her into remission. Every three months Higgins has checkups with her doctor in Emmetsburg, Dr. Spora. If Dr. Spora notices a new lesion on her brain or spine, she sends her to the specialist in Des Moines, Dr. Hughes. Multiple Sclerosis affects Higgins on a daily basis because sometimes she can not do the
Nancy Mairs, a feminist writer who has Multiple Sclerosis, defines the terms in which she interest the most with the world. Nancy Mairs will name herself a cripple and not be by others. She will choose a word that represents her reality for example in the beginning of her story she mentioned about her being in the bathroom trying to come up with a story about cripples. She was in the handicap bathroom and when she tried to open the door she fell, landing fully clothed on the toilet seat with her legs splayed in front of her and she said “the old beetle -on-it’s back routine.” not only does she make fun of herself, but she also has a great sense of humor. The little details she puts on her stories will make you picture it in your mind. She just doesn't want her readers to see her as a handicap person, but a person who wants the world to see her as a tough woman. One whom the fates, gods, viruses have not been kind, but who can face the brutal truth of her disabilities.
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live,” quoted Anne Sweeney, formerly the co-chair of Disney Media, President of the Disney–ABC Television Group, and the President of Disney Channel. In this quote, Anne wanted everyone to know that everyone has their own definitions of success and have their own ways to get their. Two ways that people define success is being happy or satisfied with what they love doing and reaching their goals after obstacles. These two features can be seen in the books, The Outliers, The Last Lecture, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and the article, Catching Kayla, by Digital Sports News.
“You get a concussion. It could take 30, 40 days until that starts to come to life where you 're in agony. Ask any doctor. (Gest, David)” This quote was spoken by David Gest, meaning that it may take 30 to 40 days to be cleared of a concussion, or in some cases it could take a few months or a year. A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury caused by a forceful movement of the head, for example, a blow or jolt causing the brain to rapidly move inside the skull, resulting in chemical changes in the brain, which may cause stretching or damage to brain cells. Concussions may cause symptoms to interfere with school work, social, family relationships, and participation in sports. Each year it is reported that there are
What is it like to have ALS or a CTE? Either a progressive neurological disease that attacks your motor skills or one that attacks the cognitive parts of the brain. Each one has its own particular attack strategy. On one hand the body is rendered completely motionless while being completely conscious of the outside environment. On the other, the body stays unharmed while it slowly loses the mind, both are equally devastating. These diseases are caused by repetitive concussions & brain trauma. These can be obtained by participating in physical sports that involve being struck on the head. These are the risk that a person must be willing to consider when making decisions to be active in sports.
ALS which stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the nervous system. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease because of the famous New York Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig, Gehrig had a strong bad and was on of the best first baseman’s. Gehrig played strong for 2,130 consecutive games, he reported physical changes halfway through the season of 1938,
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune cells attack the protective myelin sheath surrounding nerves which leave plaques or scars that
There are many symptoms of the disease, but you will only get so many of them depending on your age. The disease’s symptoms range from a migraine all the way to quite severe strokes, pseudo bulbar palsy and subcortical dementia depending on how long you have been dealing with it. Signs of the disease may be waves of random migraines, strokes or mood disorders between 35-55 years old. Below is an image showing age widths of when you can experience certain symptoms.
For a proper diagnosis of MS to be made a variety of exams must take place, some of which include MRI, spinal fluid analysis, and most importantly an adequate medical history of the patient. In 2010, a modified criterion was established to aid in the diagnosis process by the name of McDonald Criteria. The criteria must be done by a physician and is as follows, “find evidence of damage in at least two separate areas of the central nervous system (CNS) this includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, find evidence that the damage occurred at least one month apart, and lastly rule out all other possible diagnoses” (National Multiple Sclerosis Society [APA], n.d.). It is absolutely crucial to diagnosis and treat MS as early as possible to prevent irreversible damage to the nervous system.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease on central nervous membrane (CNS). CNS consist of brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. T cells attacks myelin and produce damaging inflammation. Nerve impulses cannot be sent properly (will be explained in section 2) This disease is a lifetime neurological disorder.
Central nervous system stimulants — Drugs that stimulate the nervous system (eg, amphetamine, methylphenidate) have great effects on both the quality and architecture of sleep.
Being focused allows to stay on task or get the job done. There is too many instances where someone will get distracted rather than staying focused at what is right in front of them. Also with focus allows you to get the job done especially when it is your moment or it is one life on the line. Kayla Montgomery, teen long distance runner with M.S., stays focused on being the best runner in her state despite being diagnosed with M.S. Montgomery states, “When I finish, it feels like there’s nothing underneath me. I start out feeling normal and then my legs gradually go numb. I’ve trained myself to think about other things while I race, to get through” (Crouse). Staying focused no matter how much pain someone may suffer from what happens they will reach their goals slowly but surely. Pain is a feeling that only pushes someone to stay on task to handle what is at hand. Just being diagnosed with something does not stop anyone from what they want to do, just because nature is giving them a challenge to overcome.
The case study we have been given is about a women named Sarah who is 38years old married women with two children age, eight and ten. Five years ago she developed multiple Sclerosis, the progress in her illness have been very rapid, and she now needs support in most of her daily living activities. She has a carer that comes in every morning to help her get up, get dressed, wash and make breakfast for her and her two children. She can eat independently as long as the food preparation is well thought-out. Sarah has to use a catheterization for bowel movements. She can walk with two sticks on a good day and on a bad day she uses a wheelchair because she can barely walk. She used to work full time in a school but now because of her illness, she