Help Wanted! Apply Within!Background...Help Wanted! Apply Within! by `tExTuReMaTtIc
Until I met Nadia almost a year ago, I'd never had anything to do with anyone diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. To say I was shocked, sickened and saddened by her unpredictable, severe and ever changing painful symptoms would be an understatement. Each time we spoke, something else would have changed... loss of vision, paralysis, intense pain... effectively a daily lottery of varied and debilitating symptoms.
The National MS Society outlines far more succinctly how the disease operates than I can:
MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves. Surrounding and protecting the nerve fibers of the CNS is a fatty tissue called myelin, which helps nerve fibers conduct electrical impulses.
In MS, myelin is lost in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue called sclerosis. These damaged areas are also known as pla