AskPatty.com Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to get advice on car purchases, preventative maintenance and repairs, and other automotive related topics, is pleased to announce that they will be running a month-long campaign along with the National MS Society to raise funds and awareness for MS, an illness that has affected AskPatty.com CEO Jody DeVere's family personally.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or more severe, causing paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, is a mom with two adult children fighting Multiple Sclerosis.
Jody's son Joe, now 40, has been fighting MS since 2002 and has a spinal cord injury due to a car accident in 2005 related to his MS. Joe is currently in the Secondary Progressive stage of MS and is taking GILENYA (fingolimod), the multiple sclerosis treatment available as a once-daily pill. Joe says his biggest challenges are staying out of the hospital and free from infections -- and learning to use his new power wheelchair.
When her daughter Marie, age 37 and a mother of two children ages six and eight, was recently diagnosed with the disabling disease, Jody says she "felt like lightning struck in same place twice." Marie is currently labeled as Relapsing Remitting and is taking Avonex shots weekly. While the illness causes numbness in her hands and feet, flu symptoms, and fatigue from weekly shots, according to Marie, "Being a working mom with MS is a challenge in itself."
According to Jody, the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis affect the entire family. "I'm sometimes overwhelmed by the gravity of the disease and the horrible impact it's having on my children, in fact, on our entire family," she says.
Being a caregiver to a Multiple Sclerosis patient can be a challenge.
Joe was hospitalized from December 2012 to February 2013 due to a major exacerbation that caused many complications and took away much of his independent living skills. Since then, Jody has joined Joe's wife Rosanna to become part of Joe's 24/7 caregiver team, and has even learned to be a pureed diet gourmet cook for him.
Rosanna recently won the "Caregiver of the Month" honor from Healthy Women. She is an avid snow boarder and together she and Joe have formed the non-profit foundation Threus.org to help others with spinal cord diseases go skiing, surfing, kayaking, and even white water rafting. Prior to his recent exacerbation, Joe was an enthusiastic paraplegic skier and skydiver, and as soon as he is stable again, the two are planning to scuba dive together. It's an important goal to Joe, who says "I value and want my independence back."
Educating, Donating, Working Together to Overcome Multiple Sclerosis
Jody recently shared "I would trade places with my children in a heartbeat. However since that's not possible I will fight to find every resource to help them and help fund research to find better treatments and hopefully one day a cure!"
While researchers are working to identify new and better strategies to stop its progression, people whose MS has become more disabling—and their family members and friends—need information about how to manage the challenges they face. The first stop to learn more about MS is to visit The National MS Society, a collective of passionate individuals who want to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.
During the month of May, we at AskPatty are partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness of the disease with our MOMS (Moms Overcome Multiple Sclerosis) social media campaign.
On World MS Day (Wednesday, May 29, 2013), AskPatty will be hosting a special Twitter Party at 5 pm (PDT), where we will have an assortment of guests on hand to educate participants about the illness, and to discuss ways we can work together to overcome Multiple Sclerosis. We have also created an official MOMS donation page where supporters can contribute directly to the MS Society to help research prevention, treatments, and a cure.
About AskPatty.com, Inc.
With international headquarters in Thousand Oaks, California, AskPatty.com, Inc. takes a two-pronged approach to revolutionizing the women's automotive retail market: For consumers, the AskPatty.com website is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice and research. For auto dealers, tire centers, collision repair, and automotive service and repair centers the revolutionary AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly® program trains providers on how to attract and sell to women customers and bolster customer loyalty and retention. Women can find an Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly® auto dealers, tire centers, collision repair, and automotive service and repair centers using the location search at AskPatty.com.
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About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.