New Year’s Resolutions

As we make the transition from 2013 to 2014, it can be instructive to take stock of what we’ve accomplished in the past twelve months – and to contemplate what we’d like to accomplish in the coming year.
Of course, many of us do that as a matter of routine when it comes to our personal and professional lives. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t begun the New Year with a long list of things I’d like to do better than I have done in the past.
As a community of people who share an interest in multiple sclerosis, we may also take this opportunity to look back over the past year’s advances in understanding and treating MS. Whether we have MS ourselves or love someone who does, we can take heart that smart scientists all over the world, many of them funded by or working in partnership with the National MS Society, have dedicated themselves during the past year to tackling the many issues surrounding this frustrating disease.
As this overview of research progess in 2013 reveals, science has chipped away at MS on several fronts, from learning more about how to help people with progressive MS to understanding who is most likely to get MS and how we might possibly reverse damage done by MS.
Of course, just as in our personal and professional lives, much remains to be done on the MS front. We all fervently hope for the day when a cure for MS is discovered. Until then, though, I am grateful to all those who include making progress toward that goal on their list of New Year’s resolutions.
Happy New Year, one and all!  
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Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is