Nashville, TN (PRWEB) April 13, 2010
Motivational Speaker/MS Advocate and Author Erin Morrow Still released today Fighting MS: Strength in Numbers, a guidebook for those newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Published by iUniverse with a forward by Harold Moses Jr. M.D. from Vanderbilt University’s Department of Neurology, Strength in Numbers features first-person accounts, humorous anecdotes, advice from medical professionals, recipes, fitness tips and other resources to help people facing the challenges of living with MS.
The heart of Strength in Numbers comes from the shared stories from members of Ms. Still’s MS support group in middle Tennessee, who contribute their candid perspectives on topics such as diagnosis, fatigue, memory and balance. Each topic can stand alone and ends with medical advice from Sherry Adcock, RN, MSCN. Additional chapters include MS-healthy recipes, nutritional information and exercise and fitness tips.
“With Strength in Numbers, I wanted to give people with MS a positive approach to dealing with this terrible disease,” said Ms. Still. “I was lucky to find a group of friends, who shared difficult information and helped me find the silver lining. I hope Strength in Numbers will be this friend to others suffering from MS, giving them practical advice and a sense that they are not alone.”
All proceeds from "Fighting MS: Strength in Numbers" will go toward finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. To order, please visit http://www.amazon.com. To request a press copy, please contact Ms. Still at 712-202-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This book was made possible by the late “Betaseron Champion of Courage” grant.
About the author:
Erin Morrow Still was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 during her first year of college and carried the Olympic torch for the 2002 winter games. In 2003, Ms. Still established her role as an MS patients’ advocate by founding—with the help of the MS Society—a young men’s and women’s group in middle Tennessee. In 2005, Ms. Still was awarded the “Betaseron Champion of Courage” grant to write a guide to MS for newly diagnosed people. A graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS/BA in marketing, Ms. Still currently works for The Geis Group as an Associate Director and enjoys motivational speaking about life with MS. She resides in Memphis with her husband, David.
What is Multiple Sclerosis? (excerpt from the book)
The current theory for MS at this time is that it is an autoimmune disease. What this means in layman’s terms is something has triggered an abnormal response in the immune system and the body starts attacking itself (the target is the myelin in MS). Normally our CNS (central nervous system) is protected by a wall called the blood/brain barrier (BBB). Once the autoimmune response has been triggered the blood/brain barrier becomes more “porous” allowing cells to enter that are normally not found in the central nervous system. These cells then begin attacking the myelin that covers the brain and spinal cord.
Why is this a problem? Myelin is a fatty substance that covers the brain and spinal cord and allows the electrical impulses to travel faster, smoother. When this surface is compromised the impulses have to take “detours” causing movements to be slower and less coordinated.
If you can think of our brain and spinal cord as being “electrical” this will begin to make a little sense to you. I actually use a segment of telephone cable to demonstrate what MS is. The outside covering of the cable insulates and protects the fragile wires inside. If the covering is damaged it leaves the wires inside “naked” or unprotected. That is exactly what happens in MS. These “naked nerves” are more sensitive to heat, cold and can even be painful. Some of the nerve impulses do not reach their intended targets or can be the wrong impulse altogether. This explains some of the numbness and pain some people experience with MS. Sherry Adcock, RN, MSCN
About Nurse Sherry Adcock
Sherry Adock has been a nurse for over 20 years. Her passion working with MS patients started when she worked for a private neurology office 15 years ago. She soon realized after a patient was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis that people had very few resources to help them to live their lives to the fullest. Times are changing and with Sherry’s expertise and hands-on care, her goal remains to help people live well with their MS. She knows she cannot take away the diagnosis but she can share her knowledge to empower people living with Multiple Sclerosis to live a fuller life. Sherry firmly believes in Strength In Numbers and getting this book out to patients and caregivers remains part of her passion.