The new faces of MS

When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis way back in 2001, I learned that that MS primarily affected women who were between 20 and 40 years old. Then, and now, MS affects two or three times as many women as men. Those statistics made it easy to pigeonhole the condition as one that mostly mattered to women of childbearing age.
But recently we’ve heard about several young men such as Jack Osbourne and NHL goalie Josh Harding who have been diagnosed with the MS. The latest news is that NASCAR star Trevor Bayne has been diagnosed. Bayne is 22. He plans to continue racing, saying that he’s in top form right now and that he’ll take the necessary steps to manage his disease. I wish him and the others all the best.
While nobody wants to be a poster child, Bayne’s public announcement that he has this mysterious disease reminds us all that MS can affect anyone, at any age, male or female, in any walk of life. It’s easy to dismiss or ignore a condition that you’re pretty sure can’t ever happen to you. But MS can happen to you. Maybe that knowledge will further expand the group of people committed to working toward a cure for this crazy condition.
That would be quite a silver lining.
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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