March 11-17 is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in California. “During this important week, we’d like to reach out to the readers of Motherlode News to make them aware of Multiple Sclerosis and how it has an effect on many citizens in our communities”, said Gloria Lucas,of the Tuolumne MS Self-Help Support Group.”
Affecting more than 100 individuals in Tuolumne County and 12,113 in Northern CA, MS probably touches many more members in our community than we are aware of. Those numbers are only the individuals who are diagnosed and registered with their local MS Society chapter. The California chapter of the MS Society serves more than 84,000 people with services, education and resources.
Mothers/fathers, wives/husbands, sisters/brothers are challenged by MS’ debilitating effects and its unpredictable future. Once active, vibrant people, they learn to explore and enhance new opportunities for daily living and recreation. In the past few years, children as young as 4 years old have been diagnosed with MS.
The National MS society provides information, services and support to help those who are affected by MS and raises funds to help them find a cure. Participation in Walks and Bicycle rides raise money for research, services and education. There is also a MS Self-Help group facilitated by Steve and Gloria Lucas (GS4MS@sbcglobal.net) that meets monthly and allows people with MS to meet others and share their thoughts, feelings and resources. They meet on the third Saturday of each month at the Senior Citizen’s Center on Greenley Road.
Please look for individuals wearing MS orange scarves, ties, t-shirts, etc. to commemorate MS Awareness Week.