March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month and followers of this site know that not only am I a person living with MS, but will gladly use this platform to raise awareness – click here to select the dedicated MMT page and read past articles that feature Eric Roberson, Jennifer Holliday, and Rain Pryor sharing personal experiences about the disease.
This year, I am excited to share a documentary short entitled INVISIBLE ILLNESS: the New Face of MS by local filmmaker and fellow MS warrior Kimberly Wells. Ms. Wells was introduced to Multiple Sclerosis in 2013 – after being diagnosed at the age of 34. Since then, she’s been actively educating people about the autoimmune disease. Recently, her documentary short gained the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s attention for its resourcefulness as an awareness tool.
It is Ms. Wells’s goal to continue bring attention to this often misunderstood chronic illness – especially its impact within the African-American community, which has seen a significant increase in diagnosis rates.
I encourage you to not only watch this video short (approximately 24 minutes), but share it with as many people as possible. A bit of knowledge can go a long way in helping someone who may be delaying a doctor’s visit, seeking treatment for an unknown symptom, or those who may be diagnosed and just need to know that others can relate to their experiences.
And if you want to further help the cause, I am again participating as team captain of Walkin’ By Faith at this year’s Walk MS in Philadelphia on April 30 – so feel free to donate any amount here! All donations are tax-deductible and can greatly impact the MS community by funding research and resources – such as assisted living devices and expenses. You can learn more about multiple sclerosis, its symptoms and the National MS Society at the official website here.
Until next thought family, Thomasena