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Heartfelt Lessons from a Journey with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects about 400,000 people in the United States, and about 2 1/2 million worldwide. There are approximately 200 new cases diagnosed each week in the United States, says the MS Discovery Forum. Rates of MS are higher for those who live further from the equator. While anyone can develop MS, it generally targets those between the age of 45-64 and seems to be more common in women than men.

According to Healthline there are several early signs indicting the presence of multiple sclerosis (MS) which include:

bladder issues

vision problems

pains and spasms

sexual dysfunction

cognitive problems

weakness or fatigue

tingling and numbness

balance problems or dizziness

This does not mean that everyone with MS will have the same symptoms.

MS can also bring about:

seizures

hearing loss

slurred speech

trouble swallowing

breathing problems

uncontrollable shaking

Not every relationship handles the challenges of MS in the same ways. I had the opportunity to meet a delightful couple who had been living with MS. The moment I walked into the home of Michael and Gail Gerber, I was encompassed with a sense of warmth, laughter and fun. The whole atmosphere in their home was one of love and a willingness to share their life with whomever was lucky enough to come through their door.

My first observation of Michael was the twinkle in his eyes and how he absolutely adored his wife. That was more prevalent to me than seeing this man who was a quadriplegic sitting in an electric wheelchair. He was eager to tell me about his beloved Gail and how they met. He didn’t hold back in declaring that he loved her more today than the day he married her. When I asked him his secret to a happy marriage, there was no hesitation – Gratitude!

WATCH MICHAEL & GAIL’s VIDEO HERE

 

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