Multiple Sclerosis can happen to anyone, but just how prevalent is it really in Western New York? Well, I did a little bit of research….
“Western New York has one of the highest prevalence rates of Multiple Sclerosis in the United States. For adult MS, the incidence rate in the United States is 50 cases per 100,000 people. In Western New York, the adult MS incidence rate is 160 cases per 100,000 people.”
This quote came from a Pediatric MS center in Buffalo, NY just 45 minutes away. Anytime I feel the least bit whiny about my measly symptoms all I need to do is think of the children suffering with this disease. It’s not fair having to sit on the sidelines watching your friends play.
Not only does MS affect families here in the US but the map below gives you a good idea of the spread worldwide.
Yep, the red zones are the ‘hot’ zones for MS. Ug! When I was first diagnosed the best blogs I could find at the time that were the most down to earth, educational, most personable and ‘warts ‘n all’ were from bloggers in Australia. It had never occurred to me to look that far out of the country for folks in similar situations but nothing is really very different.
Which brings me to my advocacy piece of MS Awareness Week 2012: Team March and their pledge to raise $5,000 this year in the Batavia Walk MS. This will be our third year! Each year has gotten bigger, more funds have been raised, more Team Members have joined, more MS families have been helped, more Awareness has been raised! Please consider Helping: Make a Donation OR Join Team March.