Natural history data suggests that after ten years, 50% of untreated patients diagnosed with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis will be categorized with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. After 25 years, 95% will make the switch. People with MS are untreated for a variety of reasons. The reasons range from personal choice to treat the disease holistically and the fact that MS drugs can often be cost prohibitive, even with health insurance to the reality that MS drugs are not always effective or the side effects can be impossible to tolerate.
Ten years or twenty five years does not feel that far away. Just looking at the last 5 years, I know I will not be ready for my MS to progress anytime soon.
5 years ago I was not:
selling my photography
raising a teenager
knowingly living with MS
growing my own veggies
in love with Yoga
planning to move to Mexico
launching a new website
donating $1,000,000 to research
thinking about where I would be five years from now….
We have something to offer the world in the next 10 years and the next 25 years. We cannot continue to rely on current MS therapies for long term success. There are too many variables and too many MS patients that need another alternative. We need a CURE for MS.