Personal Narrative: Dad Has Multiple Sclerosis

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“Dad has Multiple Sclerosis.” My older sister, Michelle, told this to me when I was 10 years old. We had known that something was wrong. He had been in an accident a year earlier, hurt his leg and he just never got better. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects 240 million people worldwide. MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, which contains the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The symptoms of MS vary from numbness of limbs to paralysis or loss of vision. MS is known to be an unpredictable disease since the progress, severity and specific symptoms are different for each person. (About MS) In the case of my father, he has a progressive form of MS that has resulted in the steady loss of nerve and motor functions…show more content…
The immune system attacks in multiple locations and the intensity of the attacks can vary depending on the person. (O’Connor, 1999) The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which is how the disease gets the name Multiple Sclerosis. (About MS) Even though MS is unpredictable it can be categorized into four common types. Approximately 85% of people have Relapsing-Remitting MS, which is when people experience a distinctly defined attacks, or relapses, but then have a partial to full recovery period. These are the people that the drug companies target because their form of the disease can often be affected, and the progress of it slowed, by drugs. This type of MS is also the most sensitive to diet. During the recovery period, this form of the disease does not progress. (Holland,…show more content…
(About ms) Many people who have tried all types of treatments, but have not gotten any results tend to try alternative medicines. My dad felt like he owed it to himself when he heard about a new “bee” treatment. This involved having bees sting the neck, along the spine, top of shoulders, top of feet and hands three times every other day and increase to twenty times a day. The bee venom is supposed to “wake up” the nerves that are either not or slowly traveling through your central nervous system. (Moyer, interview) Although this particular treatment did not work, studies today show great hope for the future, at a Multiple Sclerosis conference Dr. Caroline Whitacre discussed new discoveries in MS, “Today, we are making progress in virtually every field that impacts MS.” (Dr. Whitacre, 2008) Researchers have discovered two new genes that make people susceptible to whatever triggers MS. They are looking into triggers like smoking, viral infections, and even sun exposure. Dr. Whitacre has even linked pregnancy to a “natural occurring suppression.” (Dr. Whitacre,

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