Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. Over 77,000 Canadians live with MS. On average, 11 Canadians are diagnosed with the disease every day. The average unemployment rate for people living with MS is 60 percent. In fact, accessing income support and medical care are the greatest barriers to quality of life for those affected by this disease.
THEN: Multiple sclerosis was recognized as a distinct disease in 1868, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that theories about its cause were made.
Enter the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
NOW: Thanks to the Society’s research focus, progress is being made on a number of fronts, including the cause, promising therapies, nerve repair and risk factors. Advocacy, self-help groups, symptom management and physical activity programs are designated to help people with MS live well.