May 30 is World Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day, and the MS Society of Canada recognizes May as MS Awareness Month. About 12,600 Albertans are living with MS.

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating and chronic disease affecting the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Though most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 40, it can occur at any age. Most cases of MS are diagnosed in women.

“Living with MS can be unpredictable and present physical and social barriers. Multiple symptoms ranging from blurred vision to paralysis can come and go in episodes and vary in intensity and duration, making it difficult to treat and find the right supports on any given day. Though these episodes can be followed by periods of wellness, MS can also progress.

“The Government of Alberta is committed to improving the quality of life for those living with MS, their families and caregivers. Alberta Health Services offers a wide array of services and programs to advance care, treatment options and access to crucial services.

“If you or someone you know is living with MS, please contact the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alberta/NWT for support and guidance toll-free at 1-844-859-6789. No one should face MS alone.”