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The family and friends of Nancy Dale are uniting to raise money to help with her battle against Multiple Sclerosis. Any support is helpful!

On February 21, 2011, our mother, Nancy Dale, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis an auto-immune disease for which there is currently no cure. MS is an potentially debilliating disease in which nerve damage caused by inflammation occurs when the body's own immune cells attack the nervous system. Repeated episodes of inflammation can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord. Myelin, which provides a covering or insulation for nerves, improves the conduction of impulses along the nerves and also is important for maintaining the health of the nerves. In multiple sclerosis, inflammation causes the myelin to disappear. Consequently, the electrical impulses that travel along the nerves decelerate, that is, become slower. In addition, the nerves themselves are damaged and are not reversible. As more and more nerves are affected, a person experiences a progressive interference with functions that are controlled by the nervous system such as vision, speech, walking, writing, and memory. Because nerves in any part of the brain or spinal cord may be damaged, patients with multiple sclerosis can have symptoms in many parts of the body. It is common for the disease to return (relapse). However, the disease may continue to get worse without periods of remission.

MS therapy isn’t just for a week or a month, it’s for the long term. Medical advancement in the disease currently has treatments can help attacks, modify the course of the disease and treat symptoms. This includes corticosteroids (prednisone), given intravenously followed up by orally which help reduce the inflammation that spikes during a relapse. Other medication includes injections of various Beta interferons.

These medications are very expensive. Mom's treatment has already included the aggressive dosages of corticosteroids IV's followed by the oral treatment. This will be part of her on going maintenance to help reduce pain, inflammation during relapses. Her regular medication will consist of a glatiramer acetate daily injections working not only outside, but also inside the central nervous system to change the way the immune system reacts to MS and creating a barrier preventing some harmful cells from entering the central nervous system.

Along with the newly diagnoses MS has , Mom other health issues as well she has dealt with over the last 10 years which require medications on a daily basis to help keep this under control.

All contributions would be used towards the out-of-pocket expenses of Mom's daily medication needed to help in the fight against MS and would be deeply appreciated.

On behalf of Mom, myself and my sister, thank you and God Bless!

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