World MS Day
(Also known as World Multiple Sclerosis Day)
World MS Day is observed next on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 (179 days from today).
World Multiple Sclerosis Day invites dialogue about the disease. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic progressive disease where the insulating layers of the nervous system are damaged. MS is also known as diffuse encephalomyelitis, and its symptoms include muscle weakness, double vision, and mental/physical problems. Due to the lack of research on this disease, the exact causes behind it are often unknown. Many scientists believe that there may be a link between the onset of the disease, genes and/or neuronal dysfunction. Furthermore, there is no permanent cure yet. Symptoms can be relieved using the right treatments and medications.
Something about World MS Day
One of the most common diseases of the central nervous system, Multiple Sclerosis affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide according to the International Multiple Sclerosis Federation. The term multiple sclerosis means "multiple scars," and the term refers to the areas that appear on the brain and spinal cord after the myelin that covers our nerves is damaged or dead. The myelin sheath is damaged leaving a wound. These lesions are identified by MRI when symptoms begin to appear.
The symptoms are various and progress at different rates for each person in spite of being diagnosed with MS. The disease is unpredictable, progressive, and difficult to diagnose. The cause is also unknown.
Although there is no cure, treatments are underway to help slow the progression of MS and reduce symptoms. As with many conditions, education, research, and funding are needed.
History of World MS Day
The first time of World Multiple Sclerosis Day was celebrated since 2009 by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF). MSIF was officially established in 1967 as an international organization in collaboration with national MS organizations in many countries such as Turkey, Slovakia, India and the United States.
The Federation aims to bring to light about MS and the scientific studies associated with it. The theme for this year's World Multiple Sclerosis Day is "Connection". This theme, which continues from 2020 to 2022, focuses on bringing the world together by forming bonds with each other as well as ourselves for better care. MSIF spends the month of May and early June spreading awareness and hope about MS through their themed campaigns.
About 2.8 million people get MS each year. This disease involves damaged myelin sheaths that cover the nervous system in the spinal cord and brain. Damaged myelin sheaths become covered with lesions or plaques and this is where the disease gets its name - 'multiple sclerosis' means 'multiple scars. The exact cause of MS is unknown, but some scientists believe that genetics, infectious agents, and cellular dysfunction are responsible for the disease. Symptoms include muscle spasms, problems with speaking and swallowing, problems with coordination and balance, depression, mood swings, and more. Although there is no permanent cure for MS, research is ongoing regarding the treatment of symptoms with medications and neuroprotective strategies.
Some amazing truths about nervous system
- Two parts of the nervous system
The nervous system includes two parts: the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (the rest of the nerves in the body).
- Fast nerve cell transmission
Alpha motor neurons, located in the spinal cord, transmit signals at a whopping 268 mph.
- Nerve cells cannot be replaced
Nerve cells usually cannot be repaired or replaced and this is why any damage can be permanent.
- More cells than stars in the Milky Way
There are more neurons in our brain than stars in the Milky Way.
- The sciatic nerve is the longest one
The longest nerve in the human body is the sciatic nerve, which runs from the spinal cord to the tips of the toes on each of our feet.
Some reasons for World MS Day being loved
- It's a celebration of support
Humans are social animals that need each other's support to see them through life's ups and downs. If we don't understand each other's difficulties, moving on can become extremely difficult. So lending words of encouragement and positive affirmations to each other can do wonders.
- It's a celebration of hope
Today's medical advances in all medical fields have dramatically reduced mortality. Some MS-related research is underway, even as you read this article. So keep pursuing because there is always hope for a better tomorrow.
- It's a celebration of empathy
MSIF's theme tagline of 'I Connect, We Connect' calls for a deep understanding of the pain of others. There are a lot of meetings to discuss and give solutions and better treatment and care for MS survivors.
How to celebrate World MS Day
- Supporting MS Survivors
Show solidarity by supporting MS survivors. Share to them and treat them like a normal person. Many studies indicate that special treatment can be detrimental to patients, including MS patients, as it can affect their self-esteem and mental health.
- Participate in the activities of the organization MS
Whether it's a walk, a conference, a dinner or any other charity-sponsored event, get involved in activities to show your support even more. You will also learn more about MS and its related elements.
- Consciousness spreads
One of the main goals of MSIF is to get the world talking about MS. You can also do this by spreading awareness about this disease in your social community. You can use MS-related hashtags on social media and start conversations about the disease, donations, treatments, and research.
ObservedWorld MS Day has been observed annually on May 30th.
Sunday, May 30th, 2021
Monday, May 30th, 2022
Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
Thursday, May 30th, 2024
Friday, May 30th, 2025