Putting a Human Face on Multiple Sclerosis

There is a disease that is chronic, progressive and has changed the lives of millions of lives around the globe. The condition is called multiple sclerosis (MS), and it is a global life-threatening disease that strikes humans of all ages and religions. It is too easy to sit back and think that you or your family are safe from MS, but that would be hiding your head in the sand.
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The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains| Mrugank Patel

Some Highlights from the (long) Article

I asked Grandjean, a Danish-born researcher who travels around the world studying delayed effects of chemical exposure on children.
“That’s what I advise people who ask me, yes. It’s the best way of preventing exposure to pesticides.” Grandjean estimates that there are about 45 organophosphate pesticides on the market, and “most have the potential to damage a developing nervous system.”
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“The Monster in My Brain” One Woman’s Struggle with Multiple Sclerosis

“I was walking across the kitchen carrying a hot iron, and it fell out of my hand. I picked it up and dropped it again. After trying several times and dropping the iron, I knew something was horribly wrong.”

Thus, begins the story of the struggle of Mrs. W. with the disease that was to alter her life forever, multiple sclerosis.
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The Very Human Story of Alzheimer’s Disease

This article is going to be one that attempts to put human emotions and faces on a disorder that is ravaging families and communities. First, we shall tackle the explanation of what Alzheimer’s disease is, and its stages.

Then, as the author of this piece, I will be relating some of my personal experiences from my years serving people who lived and died with Alzheimer’s and their families.
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David’s story with Epilepsy

The seizures in my life that have brought with them pains that will never go away. They become a part of us, they journey the paths we take and go wherever we go in life. We can never get rid of them, but we can try to understand, accept them, and learn to deal with them through acts of pleasure that we experience in life. Let me explain the seizures that I live with everyday. I have primary generalized epilepsy (onset seizures):

Motor symptoms may include sustained rhythmic jerking movements (clonic), muscles becoming weak or limp (atonic), muscles becoming tense or rigid (tonic), brief muscle twitching (myoclonus), or epileptic spasms (body flexes and extends repeatedly).
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What is PatientNextDoor?

PatientNextDoor is a community where patients connect, share and heal together. App lets you embark on a path to wellness by researching treatment options, recommending care providers and traversing the journey together.

To be diagnosed with a chronic or rare medical condition —or to be a caregiver for someone recently diagnosed — can be heartbreaking. The challenges are many and can range from finding the right doctors and the best treatments, to staying up-to-date with the latest medical research and finding emotional support.

At PatientNextDoor, we believe the best healthcare guides are fellow patients. Connecting with others in similar circumstances can provide much-needed support, motivation and information.

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