In This Issue
When a person first hears that devastating sentence, “You have multiple sclerosis, almost inevitably the reaction is, “I’m going to be in a wheelchair.”
Before you turn to our special mobility section, consider this: More people with MS walk unassisted (or with some support from a cane, crutches, or a brace) than use a wheelchair or scooter. On the other hand, mobility problems are part of life for many people with MS. By “mobility problems” we mean weakness, poor balance, poor coordination, and MS fatigue–all common symptoms that make walking harder to do.
We’re focusing on mobility because MS does not mean the end of being on the go. Far from it. Tamar Sherman (page 44) offers an overview of what can be done today to keep people on their feet and/or moving with the wise use of “mobility aids”–those crutches, walkers, scooters, and wheelchairs that are nightmares to some and tools of freedom to others.
Everyone with MS won’t face the challenges Carol Huebner (page 56) or Anne Straub (page 60) meet every day. We hope you’ll respond to their soaring spirits, and not see their difficulties as a personal prediction.
We also know that thinking of people who use mobility aids as losers, or as brave but pathetic victims, is the world’s biggest mobility barrier. We intend to challenge this negative attitude wherever it is found. A person in a wheelchair is a person, not an object of pity or shame. Taking this idea to heart is another big way to fight MS!
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