March is MS Awareness Month

To the editor:

I am raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and have been since October 2006. Better known as MS, it is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts flow of information between the brain and body. Patient symptoms vary and range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. It affects more than 400,000 children and adults in the United States.

Our bodies are in constant motion, moving information from the brain to the body. MS stops people from moving by attacking myelin that protects normal nerve tissue. The damage keeps people from moving smoothly, both inside and out. Many have trouble imagining what their life would be without the ability to move, but I know the effects of MS as I have MS.

March is MS Awareness Month in Ohio as signed into law by former Gov. Robert Taft on March 2, 2006. I have asked for the Carroll County Commissioners to once again acknowledge this and sign a drafted proclamation recognizing March as MS Awareness Month in the state.

I pray for your help in raising MS awareness because this is a battle we can, and should win. Please pray and support this cause and wear the color orange during March and feel free to stop into the Carrollton District Library and view the MS Awareness window.

For information on MS please visit the National MS, Society web page at

Edward L. Hale