FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are more than three thousand people in Maine living with Multiple Sclerosis.
This week is MS Awareness Week, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is trying to spread the word about the disease.
MS is a disease that attacks the central nervous system. It causes sometimes debilitating symptoms like chronic pain, fatigue, memory loss, and vision problems. Despite the devastating affects the disease has had on thousands of people in New England, there is still a lot of confusion about what MS is.
"That's a problem," said Sue Tidd, Director of Development for the National MS Society's Greater New England Chapter. "Because we have one of the highest prevalence rates in the country. And we don't want to be a secret. We want people to know that MS is here and that we need their help."
The National MS Society's Greater New England Chapter has lots of resources for people living with MS. The chapter provides support services and financial assistance. There are also lots of volunteer and fundraising opportunities for its many events, like the Plane Pull, Walk MS, and Bike MS. Here are some helpful links:
Support for people with MS
Connect with people affected by MS