This week you’ve probably been asked to join the movement to end Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Well, that’s no surprise as it is MS Awareness Week, and this year many patients and their families are looking forward to the possibility of new options for treating this disease. The National MS Society reports someone is diagnosed with MS every hour of every day. With MS, the body’s own defense system attacks the protective coating around nerve fibers in the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
I was surprised to read an article in today’s Boston Globe about Phyl Rubin’s (the better half of Massachusetts’ own furniture store icons, Bernie & Phyl start humming: quality, comfort and price..that’s nice!) 40 year battle with MS. Phyl kept her battle private, not wanting to let the disease interfere with her family or her business. However, over the years the disease took its toll. Phyl is finally on a daily injection of a drug that seems to be working, and is ready to share her struggle publicly. Today, Phyl joins other public figures who have shared their battle with MS, like Ann Romney, wife of former governor Mitt Romney, and taped a series of PSAs on MS and started a fund to raise money to support research to help find a cure for the disease. “It’s important to show people are living a fulfilling life with MS…but it’s a horrible disease and I want to help,” said Phyl.
As for Bernie, who rarely gets the last word….”We are the luckiest people,’’ Bernie said. “There are a lot of ups and downs in life. Nothing ever goes smoothly. But when all is said and done, we’ve had a nice ride.’’
Fosbury cheers to Phyl, for living strong her own way, and to the MS Society and countless others committed to battling MS each and every day. OK, now GET MOVING!