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about us

Band Against MS, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3), or not-for-profit, public charity committed to providing educational information for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, funding programs researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and funding programs helping those living with the disease. Nationally acclaimed recording artist Clay Walker established BAMS in February 2003 because he wanted to help others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996.

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What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, neurological disease. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease, which means the immune system attacks healthy areas of the body. In MS, these attacks are aimed at the central nervous system.

The central nervous system is made up of nerves covered by a substance called myelin. Myelin is similar to insulation protecting electrical wires because it surrounds and protects nerve fibers. In MS, attacks are random patches of inflammation that occur sporadically in the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a breakdown of this myelin sheath, a process called demyelination that results in plaques or lesions along the myelin sheath that interfere with nerve conduction.

There currently is no cure for MS, but in the last decade there have been treatments discovered for relapsing-remitting MS, the most common type. A good diet, rest, exercise, and drug therapy are all important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle with MS. Check back here for regular tips, info, and video/audio clips of Clay Walker discussing how he incorporates those elements into his lifestyle.

Living With MS

Whether you just received a diagnosis of MS or have been living with it for a long time—this section from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is filled with information and tips on how to maintain your quality of life in the years ahead. Read about strategies to enhance your health and wellness, maximize your productivity and independence, and deal with emotional, social, and vocational challenges.

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/index.aspx

Support For The journey

Living with RRMS is a journey to many places: to information, to inspiration, to healing, to others who can relate to daily life with MS. Here, on this page from Shared Solutions, it’s our hope you’ll find support for all the places along your path.

http://www.sharedsolutions.com/Living-With-MS/Daily-Life.aspx

All volunteers who manage the MSWorld website are living with MS, being diagnosed or a caregiver. We understand what it means to live with this disease and are here to support you in any way we can.

MSWorld is unique because it has been a Patients Helping Patients organization from its inception in 1996.  We are committed to helping people out of isolation because we believe that knowledge is power and peer support invaluable.

We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment by maintaining a G-rated site and offering the latest information and referrals for you. We hope you enjoy being a part of this vital community. 

http://www.msworld.org/who-we-are

 
 
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Message From Clay

As someone who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for several years, I decided to DO something about it. After being diagnosed in April of 1996 with Relapsing Remitting MS, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “exactly what is MS?” The truth is, not much is known about the cause of MS and there is currently not a “cure.” For those out there who struggle day to day and live in the dark about what’s on the horizon, I felt a need to ask the hard questions directly to the leading researchers of Multiple Sclerosis. Questions like, “do we know if there is anything coming down the pipeline that will cure or stop this disease?” The answers I found were troubling to say the least. Band Against MS is the non-profit charity organization I created to launch a diligent battle to not only get answers but to help find solutions for a multitude of struggles that MS patients go through on a regular basis. There is so much to do and so little time to get it done. This is why we are asking our community of MS patients, their families and their friends to join with us and Become Part of The Band as we march toward the ultimate goals of BAMS, a CURE.

Sincerely,

        Clay Walker