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Does Multiple Sclerosis Affect Your Life

MeritCare is hosting a free educational program titled Multiple Sclerosis: Cognitively Speaking. The program is designed for people who live with multiple sclerosis, and also for families and friends interested in learning about the disorder. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Ramada Plaza Inn & Suites, 1635 42nd St. S.W. in Fargo. A dinner will be held at 6 p.m., with the programs to follow. Registration is required, please call (701) 234-5570 or (800) 821-5167 to register.

MeritCare is hosting a free educational program titled Multiple Sclerosis: Cognitively Speaking. The program is designed for people who live with multiple sclerosis, and also for families and friends interested in learning about the disorder. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Ramada Plaza Inn & Suites, 1635 42nd St. S.W. in Fargo. A dinner will be held at 6 p.m., with the programs to follow. Registration is required, please call (701) 234-5570 or (800) 821-5167 to register.

The program includes presentations by MeritCare providers and topics range from what the disorder is to how to manage the symptoms to what treatments and medications will be available in the future. In addition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with be presenting a program for children ages 5-12 to help them understand the disorder. Following the programs, the presenters will do a panel discussion with the audience, so attendees can ask any questions they may have.

Information about multiple sclerosis from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:
  • Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is a disorder where the immune system incorrectly attacks the person's healthy tissue.
  • MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.
  • Approximately 400,000 Americans have multiple sclerosis and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. Most people diagnosed are between 20 and 50. More than twice as many women as men are diagnosed.
  • There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. There are now FDA-approved medications that have been shown to "modify" or slow down the underlying course of the disorder.