MS in the Media

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By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg, PA

December 2, 2013

Multiple Sclerosis can affect anyone. Men, women, children, and even celebrities.

  • Jack Osbourne, Sharon and Ozzy’s son, is recently known for Dancing with the Stars. He was diagnosed in June of 2012.
  • Real Housewives of DC star, Michaele Salahi, kept her diagnosis private for 17 years. Salahi revealed her MS in a book written in 2010.
  • Emmy-wnning TV producer, Richard Cohen, has been living with MS for 47 years. Cohen also had two diagnosis of colon cancer and is legally blind.
  • Talk-show host, Montel Willaims, was diagnosed in 1999. The stress from the disease almost caused him to take his live. However, he fought back and with a very intense workout schedule and injections, he was able to slow the progression. He started the Montel Williams MS Fund and has raised over $1.5 million for research towards a cure.
  • R&B singer, Tamia, is the wife of NBA Star, Grant Hill. Tamia was diagnosed in 2003 and has remained in shape to improve her health.
  • David and Alan Osmond, son and father respectively, both live with the disease. They are Donny and Marie’s brother and nephew.
  • Ann Romney, wife of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, was diagnosed with MS in 1998. She experienced dizziness and fogginess of the brain.

Anyone, both with and without MS, has access to resources that benefit MS Societies all over the world.

MS Resources

Keep S’Myelin Etsy Shop is ran by Kayla Chatkiewicz. Chatkiewicz makes bracelets for men, women, and children to create awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. $1 of every bracelet sold will be donated to the MS Society of Canada. Keep S’Myelin has an Etsy Shop, an instagram, and a twitter.

Keep S’Myelin

Endless Pursuit is a faith based MS nonprofit based in the north west. They sell bracelets to create awareness, set up hiking trips, and have a blog. They also have a website, an instagram, a twitter, and a facebook.

Endless Pursuit

MS Events

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By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg, PA

November 20, 2013

For those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, they see it as a disease.

However, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society holds many events to make sure those diagnosed have fun and to raise money.

Walk MS is held in the spring and Bike MS is held in the summer.

To find out more about these events or to sign up, visit http://www.nmss.org.

Homecoming Queen Raises Funds for Multiple Sclerosis

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By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg, PA

November 18, 2013

Sarah Maize was elected the 2013 Homecoming Queen at the end of October, after raising almost $2,300.

She is personally affected by multiple sclerosis in her family. Maize has watched her grandmother suffer from the disease since she was a small child.

Maize is a junior at Shippensburg University.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

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By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg, PA

November 20, 2013

Many people know someone who is affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Across the world, there are 2.3 million men and women affected with MS.

There are four different types of multiple sclerosis.

The most common type is Relapsing Remitting, which affects 85% of newly diagnosed people. Relapses, or attacks, are followed by a partial or complete recovery and symptoms can be inactive for months or even years.

Secondary Progressive MS occurs when relapses are occasional, but some symptoms remain constant with no remission.

Primary Progressive MS is seen in less than 10% of people with MS. There is a slow onset followed by a continuous worsening of the condition.

Progressive Relapsing MS affects 5% of all people with MS. This type is a steady worsening of the condition after the initial diagnosis and severe relapses with or without complete recovery.

There is currently no known cause and no known cure for the disease.

However, there are 13 types of disease modifying drugs to help patients. These are in intravenous, injection, or pill form.

For more information about MS, visit nmss.org.

Samantha Stambaugh deals with Multiple Sclerosis

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By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg University

November 20, 2013

When I was a senior in high school at 17 years old, I was woke up with numbness in my right arm, right leg, and my vision was constantly changing.

I went to my family doctor and she sent me to a neurologist who then sent for MRI’s of my brain, neck, and spine, blood work, a spinal tap, and other tests.

They all came back positive for multiple sclerosis.

Since I was diagnosed, I have completed 3 MS walks, interned with the MS Society of Central Pennsylvania, and raised over $10,000 for the society from the homecoming committee.

I was awarded earlier in November for the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Award and I am set to graduate from Shippensburg University on December 14th.

Freedom of Speech can sometimes be too much

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By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg, PA

November 8, 2013

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that every citizen has the right to the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. But when does that go to far?

Friday afternoon, religious activists came on to Shippensburg University’s campus. These activists held signs that read “SIN AWARENESS DAY” and “EVOLUTION IS A LIE”, while preaching to anyone who passed by.

While groups such as this one are usually are peaceful, this time they were abrasive. Groups normally stand outside of the library by the academic quad. However, this group proceeded to take its preaching elsewhere.

Members from this group entered the Ceddia Union Building’s Galley during lunchtime and according to Brenda Kunkleman were harassing and following students to the point where the university police were involved.

However, the university police only told them they cannot be in the CUB and monitored the situation for a small portion of time.

During this time, a time that supplies a great deal of traffic to the building, there were not only Shippensburg students, but prospective students and their parents visiting the campus on tours.

This group was targeting students by calling them idiots, whores, and saying things like “God has the power to strike you to hell”.

Interim President, Dr. Jody Harpster, involved the university police who escorted the group out of the Ceddia Union Building.

However, many Shippensburg Students are taught about a free speech zone located in front of the library.

Because Shippensburg is a public university, the whole campus must be viewed as a free speech zone.

These groups are not allowed to disrupt students or enter university buildings.

Red Heads

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By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg, PA

Only 2% of the world has the recessive gene that produces red hair. However, many people bully red heads.

Here are some less commonly known facts about the people who boast this unique colored hair.

Fun Facts

  • 1-2% of humans or 2/100 people in the world have red hair
  • Red is the most rare hair color in humans.
  • Red hair doesn’t gray as much as other hair colors, it initially turns blonde and then white.
  • Red headed women bruise easier.
  • People with red hair have twice the risk of developing Parkinson ’s disease.

History

  • Ancient Greeks believed that red heads would turn into vampires after death.
  • During the middle ages, a child with red hair was thought to be conceived during “unclean sex” or during menstruation.
  • During the witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, many women were burned at the stake as witches because of their hair color.
  • Hitler banned the marriage of redheads in order to prevent “deviant offspring”.
  • Mark Twain said “while the rest of the human race are descended from monkeys, redheads derive from cats”.
  • Red hair is a recessive trait, which means that a child must inherit one red hair gene from each parent.
  • Redheads are more likely to be left handed.
  • “Gingerphobia” is a fear of redheads.
  • “Gingerism” is the bullying or prejudice of redheads.
  • Bush fire, carrot top, burning bush, cherry, cheeto crotch, copper kettle, Dorito head, fireball, firebush, fire-crotch, ginger, little red, orange, red, pumpkin, freckleface, pippi longstocking, Ronald mcdonald, red snapper, strawberry shortcake, red-headed step-child,

Red Head Celebrities

  • Red head celebrities: Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Molly Ringwald, Julia Roberts, Ginger Spice, Kate Winslet, Lindsay Lohan, Emma Stone, Lana Del Rey, Danny Bonaduce, Ron Howard, Rupert Grint, Bobby Flay, Conan O’Brein, Seth Green, Prince Harry, Ewan McGregor.
  • Red heads are also in children’s movies: Annie, the Little Mermaid, Brave, Harry Potter, The Breakfast Club, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Enchanted, Peter Pan, The Parent Trap, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter