March 2012: Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness MonthWHEREAS, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling, autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system, made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves; and,
WHEREAS, approximately 400,000 people throughout the nation live with MS and an estimated 200 more people are diagnosed every week, with research showing that MS affects women significantly more than men; and,
WHEREAS, symptoms of MS include fatigue, numbness, depression and vision, balance and coordination problems; though there is no cure, effective strategies are available to manage symptoms, modify the disease course and treat flare-ups; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of MS in Michigan, and we encourage all citizens to learn more about this disease and support continued research in the effort to find a cure;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month in Michigan.