Friday, January 19, 2007

Gray Matter-Gray areas

I recently completed a wonderful book entitled Curing MS: How Science Is Solving The Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis by Dr. Howard L. Weiner. It is interesting that Dr. Weiner discusses black holes when speaking about MS. When black holes are generally mentioned people think of those as being "out in outer space" but in relation to MS black holes on an MRI indicate damage to nerve cell bodies. The latest theory is that MS is initially triggered by a T cell that enters the brain and begins the process. MRI's are the most recent innovative instrument in detecting MS. There is evidence that the more MS there is on an MRI scan, the greater the disability the patient will have fourteen years later. I was initially diagnosed with MS in 1980. I have had MS for 27 years now. I am a statistical anomaly. Thus far I have, by the grace of God, beaten the odds!
With new MRI techniques it has been found that gray matter in the brain is also involved. Previously it was believed that only the white matter was involved. This may be one of the reasons some MS patients have problems with cognition. I want to close with two quotes by Dr. Weiner:
1--" Only with discipline and a singularity of purpose can one achieve anything. Otherwise, one is bound to drift aimlessly, pushed by the tides to some distant shore; or worse, trapped by a fate that circles endlessly in the same place."

2.--"It is a given that life is not perfect and one of the major challenges for every person is to live one's life well given the imperfections they must face."

Blessings to you!

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