In addition to World MS Day in May, America designates March as National MS Awareness Month.
This year, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is using it to campaign to heighten the understanding of the management of relapses and multiple sclerosis symptoms.
The association lists three week-long campaigns, one for each of the three full weeks of the month. These are:
Walking and MS Awareness Week (week of March 7, 2016) is sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics and will feature comprehensive information on managing walking and MS, along with a newly developed video and survey.
Difficulty in walking is one of the most common issues for individuals living with MS. Information can be found on MSAA’s website at mymsaa.org/walking.
Pseudobulbar Affect Awareness Week (week of March 14, 2016) is supported by Avanir Pharmaceuticals and will highlight an informative video and survey. The video provides valuable insights into understanding Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) and its cause, guidance on discussing PBA with your doctor, and ways to evaluate and treat the condition.
PBA is characterized by sudden, uncontrollable expressions of laughter or crying without an apparent trigger. Information can be found on MSAA’s website at mymsaa.org/pba.
MS Relapse Awareness Week (week of March 21, 2016), in collaboration with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and supported by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, will feature a newly developed relapse quiz, video, webinar, brochure and other tools – all available on MSAA’s MS Relapse Resource Center.
MS relapses are exacerbations or attacks of MS that can cause a temporary worsening or recurrence of existing symptoms or the appearance of new symptoms. More information can be found on MSAA’s website at relapses.mymsaa.org.
- Just a thought, do you think it might be time for this month to become international? Doesn’t MS deserve more than one international day? Other national MS organisations, outside the USA, could hold their own awareness campaigns during March.