City of Kingsland Goes Orange in support of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
As you travel through downtown Kingsland throughout the month of March, take a moment to appreciate the orange glow of the lights of City Hall, and the orange ribbons and butterflies adorning the lamp posts.
Nearly one million US adults are affected by this incurable autoimmune disease, which causes damage to the nerve fibers within the central nervous systems of those affected; many of which are right here in our local community. Every case may present itself differently as it is a highly unpredictable disease; studies show that those affected, often experience symptoms for days or weeks and then may go for long periods without a relapse. The severity of the attacks may range from difficulty walking, to changes in thinking and mental capabilities. This broad range of effects coupled with the high level of unpredictability can create many difficulties for those affected, and their loved ones.
“March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. MS is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and central nervous system that affects approximately 2.8 million people worldwide. MS is also a deeply personal condition that has affected my own family. While there is no known cure or means of prevention, there are treatments available to help mitigate the effects and slow the progression. Knowing the signs of onset is essential to early diagnosis and treatment,” explained Mayor Grayson Day. “If you, or someone you know is living with Multiple Sclerosis, I encourage you to share your story with others and help spread awareness of this disease affecting so many across our country. No one should have to face MS alone”.
Finding your own personal community and having strong support systems are crucial for those combatting Multiple Sclerosis. Support groups, educational classes, and increasing awareness are all helpful ways to improve the strength of community. There are numerous resources available to assist individuals and their support systems so that no one has to endure the journey alone.
One of the most essential ways for the long-term combatting of MS, is early detection and diagnosis! We recognize that the symptoms and thought of diagnosis can be scary. If you or your loved ones think that you may be affected by MS, we encourage you to seek a physician consultation as soon as possible!
First signs usually occur between the ages of 20 and 50 years old, with damage to the central nervous system often occurring before the detection is ever made. While there are no definitive tests currently available, many of those affected, present a butterfly shape on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of their brains. We fly these butterflies, this month, as symbols of hope and support of our neighbors and loved ones, affected by Multiple Sclerosis.