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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What is MS? Multiple Sclerosis,

I have and have had friends with this dreadful condition - thse people are doing a good job!

or MS, is a debilitating disease of the central nervous system. There is no known cure. International research to discover both the cause and the cure for MS is ongoing. Very expensive treatments do exist which slow down the progression of MS and alleviate some symptoms.Symptoms vary in intensity and from person to person. They include blurred vision, weak limbs, muscle spasms, tingling or numbness, unsteadiness, incontinence, and fatigue. These symptoms occur as a result of scarring of the myelin sheath that insulates nerve fibres in the central nervous system. The scarring creates a “short-circuiting” of nerve impulses travelling between the brain and other parts of the body. This in turn creates difficulty in movement and mobility for People with MS (PwMS),and can lead to partial or complete paralysis.The chief aim of MS Society of Zimbabwe is to help People with MS and assist with their individual needs. Your support of the MS Society is important in helping us achieve that goal.If you have been recently diagnosed by your neurologist and would like to know what the MS Society can do for you, or would simply like more information, please contact the MS Day Care Centre or any of the MS Committee members. Feb 2007Contact:Multiple Sclerosis Day Care Centre, Clayton Road, Milton Park, P O Box BE 1234, Belvedere, HarareTel.: 741477 : 09:00 – 12:30 Mon, Wed, FriEquipment Hire for short or long periods of time:Wheelchairs, Zimmer Frames, Crutches & Commodes:Committee Member Telephone Numbers: Mike Robinson (President) - 797113, 744410 or 023-331550;Email Lee Markides (Secretary) – 499633; Gertrude Mapara (Rehabilitation) 741477 or 091-2943687; Veronica Zindoga (PwMS) – 573484

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