Most gals love and sometimes identify with "The Sweetest Thing," an adorable romantic comedy with three awesome comedic actresses.
Sadly, two of the stars, Selma Blair and Christina Applegate, have shared that they have multiple scerosis. And there are other stars who have battled with this condition with great dignity, like these two.
Annette Funicello, Teri Garr, Jack Osbourne, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Montel Williams, Clay Walker, and many more have dealt with the debilitating condition of multiple sclerosis.
The Mayo Clinic explains it well -
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There's no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.
1 in 22 if a nonidentical twin has MS
1 in 37 if a sibling has MS
1 in 67 if a parent has MS
With MS, an abnormal immune system response causes inflammation and damage to the central nervous system and myelin sheath protecting nerves. Environmental factors for MS include viruses, infections, smoking, obesity, and geographical location (including the northern U.S., southern Canada, parts of Europe, southern Australia, and New Zealand).
1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer
1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives
1 in 9 men will develop prostate cancer
1 in 20 people over the age of 65 have dementia
1 in 22 people have chronic heart disease
1 in 33 people have diabetes
1 in 500 people have Parkinson's Disease
1 in 520 people in England and Wales have a stroke each year
What does this do to the body over weeks? Months? Years? Decades?