Multiple sclerosis is a chronic degenerative disease of the Central Nervous System and is the most common neurological disease that affects young adults.
In MS sufferers the myelin, which encases the nerve fibres and assists nerve function, becomes inflamed and damaged causing plaques or lesions of inflammation and the myelin is lost from many areas of the Central Nervous System.
Multiple sclerosis is increasing in prevalence at an alarming 7% per annum and at least 5% of all patients with multiple sclerosis experience the clinical onset of their disease prior to age 18 years.
The disease is cruel and unpredictable. From diagnosis onwards, people with MS have to live with the uncertainty of when the next attack will come and how bad it will be. It may leave them paralysed, blind or numb over a large part of their body. Day to day they don’t know whether tomorrow will be the last day they will be able to walk or see or feel.