According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, every hour someone new is diagnosed with the chronic disease. As quickly as the illness invades a person’s life there is a lover, family member or friend that becomes deeply affected as well. Loving and caring for someone with Multiple Sclerosis can be difficult especially when caretakers are strangers to the disease. Below are three leading resources that can help provide anyone seeking to learn more about the autoimmune disorder and how and where to offer support.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
From in depth detail about the disease to living with MS to getting involved, this organization is your one stop resource to finding information. Whether you like to bike, walk or set up your own charity event the MS society can help put you on the right path to raising public awareness. Log on to http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx to get started.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
This nonprofit organization’s focus is to keep those affected by MS fully informed about the disease, latest treatments and recent news. The association encourages people to volunteer and provides many ways for them to offer their support. Making a gift, clothing donations and even swimming are some unique ways one can make a difference in the MS community. To learn more click on http://www.msaa.com/.
One of the easiest ways to search for volunteer opportunities in your area. The site provides you with events that are committed to a cause, such as MS, in your community. Virtual opportunities are provided as well. Click on http://www.volunteermatch.org/ for more details.
For a real-life look at the struggles, steps to treatment and inner strength a family endures while battling MS, watch Downsized on WE tv.
Hope Daniels is a freelance writer based out of the tri-state area. From pets to parenting to pop culture, you can ask her to write about any life topics, just don’t ask her for directions!