multiple sclerosis

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

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

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.