We owe it to future generations to help find a cure for MS and if not a cure to at least provide brake pads to stop the damned thing or at least slow it down considerably.
To my way of thinking a cure would be incredible, though unlikely. Imagine being able to walk and talk and see and not be fatigued or in pain all the time. This would be the stuff that dreams are made of; more probably pipe dreams. Immunisation for those who are susceptible would also be brilliant; that we would no longer wonder whether we had somehow passed the errant genes on to our children. Less worry = less stress for us that already have it. We already have medications on the market, and more on the way, that have a slowing effect but it is difficult to say something has slowed down when you don’t know how fast it was going in the first place!
Assisting in research doesn’t have to be painful or time consuming but it does require commitment. We owe it to our children and their children and the world at large to do all in our power to understand what causes MS because if we don’t know what causes MS, it will be exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to find a cure.
Healthy people also have a duty to assist research. It is important for researchers to find what keeps people healthy as opposed to what allows others to become ill. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinail are looking for healthy volunteers to submit a sample of their DNA. Please give it some thought. It is quick and painless and may help others.
Have you taken part in a research study for MS? Do you feel an obligation to be a part of MS research?
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