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Author Erin Morrow Still Releases "Fighting MS: Strength in Numbers"
Date:4/13/2010

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Erin Morrow Still was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 during her first year of college and carried the Olympic torch for the 2002 winter games. In 2003, Ms. Still established her role as an MS patients’ advocate by founding—with the help of the MS Society—a young men’s and women’s group in middle Tennessee. In 2005, Ms. Still was awarded the “Betaseron Champion of Courage” grant to write a guide to MS for newly diagnosed people. A graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS/BA in marketing, Ms. Still currently works for The Geis Group as an Associate Director and enjoys motivational speaking about life with MS. She resides in Memphis with her husband, David.

About MS:

What is Multiple Sclerosis? (excerpt from the book)

The current theory for MS at this time is that it is an autoimmune disease. What this means in layman’s terms is something has triggered an abnormal response in the immune system and the body starts attacking itself (the target is the myelin in MS). Normally our CNS (central nervous system) is protected by a wall called the blood/brain barrier (BBB). Once the autoimmune response has been triggered the blood/brain barrier becomes more “porous” allowing cells to enter that are normally not found in the central nervous system. These cells then begin attacking the myelin that covers the brain and spinal cord.
    
Why is this a problem? Myelin is a fatty substance that covers the brain and spinal cord and allows the electrical impulses to travel faster, smoother. When this surface is compromised the impulses have to take “detours” causing movements to be slower and less coordinated.

If you can think of our brain and spinal cord as being “electrical” this will begin to make a little sense to you. I actually use a segment of telephone cable to demonstrate what
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