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Heartfelt Lessons from a Journey with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects about 400,000 people in the United States, and about 2.5 million worldwide. There are approximately 200 new cases diagnosed each week in the United States, says the MS Discovery Forum. Rates of MS are higher for those who live further from the equator. While anyone can develop MS, it generally targets those between the age of 45-64 and seems to be more common in women than men.

According to Healthline, there are several early signs indicting the presence of multiple sclerosis, including:

  • Bladder issues
  • Vision problems
  • Pains and spasms
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Cognitive problems
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Balance problems or dizziness

This does not mean that everyone with MS will have the same symptoms. MS can also bring about:

  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Breathing problems
  • Uncontrollable shaking

Michael & Gail’s Story

Not every relationship handles the challenges of MS in the same ways. We got to know a delightful couple who lives with MS. Walking into the home of Michael and Gail Gerber, there is a sense of warmth, laughter, and fun— an atmosphere of love and a willingness to share their lives with whomever was lucky enough to come through their door.

My first observation of Michael was the twinkle in his eyes and how he absolutely adored his wife. That was more prevalent to me than seeing this man who was a quadriplegic sitting in an electric wheelchair. He was eager to tell me about his beloved Gail and how they met. He didn’t hold back in declaring that he loved her more today than the day he married her. When I asked him his secret to a happy marriage, there was no hesitation – Gratitude!

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