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Annette - Passed at Age 70


Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello was first part of the Mickey Mouse Club as a Mouseketeer. She went on to be a teen star in beach movies.

With research I found out Annette was very busy with Disney long past Mickey Mouse Club. As late as 1987 she and Frankie Avalon having made the beach scenes together went on to tour the country as a singing team. Having married and divorced twice by this time with three children she was working with Frankie to promote a new movie having dizzy spells she was keeping hid from everyone including family.

Finally in 1992 she admitted to having multiple sclerosis (MS) to ward off the rumors she was an alcoholic because of the walking disability she was suffering from, around that time being inducted as a Disney Legend.

She opened the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation in 1993. She published her autobiography in 1994 called “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story, the title taken from Disney’s Cinderella. She has produced her own line of teddy bears and also fragrance Cello, by Annette.

Annette lived many years with this disease


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Bee Venom

I try always to use links that are not commercial; I feel there is something here to be learned and that this avenue should definitely be the one researched fully right now.

This one I find interesting because of they claim additional stings could cause allergy. I would think people never stung would be more apt to have a bad reaction, no? Working as an immunization would. As with medicines there are always chances of side effects and I have refused many because of that. I would want a cure, not a pain remedy.

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease where the fatty myelin sheaths (for proper function of the nervous system usually around only the axon of a neuron of the brain and spinal cord) necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system are damaged. It usually starts in young adults and more so in females. It interrupts the communication of nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord being damaged leading to scarring in the white matter of the brain and spinal cord, mainly composed of myelin and the cause remains unknown. It is theorized to be from either genetics or infections.

This results in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation (becoming numb). The nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged by one's own immune system. Therefore the condition is called an autoimmune disease. These damaged signals can affect walking and talking.

Autoimmune diseases are those where the body's immune system, normally targeting and destroying substances foreign to the body such as bacteria, mistakenly attacks normal tissues. Also with MS, the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, the two components of the central nervous system. Other autoimmune diseases include lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. There is no known cure but life expectancy pretty much is the same.

The types of symptoms, severity of symptoms, and the course of MS vary widely, partly due to the location of the scar tissue and the extent of demyelination.

This disease affects approximately 400,000 Americans and is, with the exception of trauma, the most frequent cause of neurological disability beginning in early to middle adulthood.

Jean-Martin Charcot first described MS in 1868. It takes several forms, with new symptoms occurring either in discrete attacks (relapsing forms) or slowly accumulating over time (progressive forms). Between attacks, symptoms may go away completely, but permanent neurological problems often occur, especially as the disease progresses.

Symptoms vary but include eye pain, double vision, blurred or hazy vision, and decreased coordination and muscle weakness. As it advances it may include muscle stiffness, pain, and bladder control or cognition problems.

MS differs

There are different types of multiple sclerosis. MS is generally categorized into one of four types based on the pattern of symptoms and total of disability. Roll over each type of MS for the symptom pattern and characteristic path over time.

Relapsing - remitting MS (RRMS)

Unpredictable relapses of symptoms

Return to normal or part-way to normal between relapses (may be a little worse after each relapse)

Most common type (80% of initial diagnosis)

May progress to SPMS (50% progress over 10 years time)

May sometimes need cane or walking aid

Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS)

symptoms and disability get progressively worse over time

return part-way to normal between relapses and/or have gradual, continuous increase in symptoms and disability

less common for initial diagnosis

over 15 years from diagnosis, 50% of people with SPMS require cane or walking aid and about 10% need wheelchair

Progressive - relapsing MS (PRMS)

gradual increase in symptoms and disability at the same time there are relapses and recoveries

some recovery following relapse, but symptoms and disability continue to progress between relapses

rarest type of MS (about 5% of people with MS)

Primary - progressive MS (PPMS)

steadily worsening symptoms from start

no distinct relapses and recoveries

symptoms and disability may level off a while, but gradually grow worse over time

uncommon (about 10% of people with MS)

more likely to start in middle age

more like to affect thinking and memory

some think PPMS is a different disease from other types of MS


Bee Sting Links- Pro and Con

Since this above is under study for MS I am including it. You can find many more for yourself. I personally had a best friend die from MS and this hub is in her memory from her daughter, husband, grandchildren and family she left behind and from me, a friend I hope she thought of as often as I did her.

Bee sting therapy

Jean and Daughter Shelley


Help fight MS

This Link is For My Friend Jean Hill Southern whose daughter is carrying on since her death. She is mentioned in many of my Hubs and it broke my heart hearing of her death a few years ago and her daughter says it is believed Jean's mother also had MS. Let's all pray something will be discovered soon to detect it at an earlier age or stage and possibly have a cure or an aid to make their lives better.

I love you Jean, you were so special and my heart goes out to you so often. You will always live in my thoughts and memories....and in my heart.

Please take a look at their picture and message above and help fight MS.

Personal experience with bee stings

I have a sister-in-law almost if not by now crippled from it, the last I heard she had taken a bad fall trying to walk and years of many of the same bad complications I have read here.

I would not say one way or another although I think I have included in one of my Hubs an experience I had years ago. I have no proof other than my family, husband and two children but I developed horrible pain and weakness in my ankles so I could barely walk and it was growing worse by the day it seemed, but my husband, thinking trying to walk more may strengthen my ankles, forced me on a walk with him and our children where we lived in the country and had several acres. We had almost made it home and I was so glad to see it, hurting so bad, when my daughter about nine, and I, saw something strange a few feet from us and walked over to check it out only to find out it was a hornet’s nest and here they came right into our face. I couldn’t move fast and I guess all my daughter could think was dance and scream, but finally my husband got us moving out of the vicinity and back home again.

We had been stung 20 times or more, scalp, face, neck, arms, and back. We showered and doctored ourselves with something to sooth the pain, we were OK but the next day when I got up I was amazed, I was pain free and suffered no ill affects from that day forward with my ankles. I could walk, there was no pain, it was nothing short of a miracle and I always have found this so odd looking back because we all knew it was hornets, not honey bees, we had never heard of MS at this time but in the years since we have, and that honey bees has been the only type to help, if that, but there is no doubt in my mind those hornet stings cured me and probably I should not be saying this here when maybe some people shouldn’t even use honey bee stings, I am recommending nothing, just stating a fact of what happened to me and the fact that maybe someone should look into the hornet’s sting, also. The National MS Society I understand is looking at the honey bee with experiments but denying much success there as of yet and I hope they will also at least test out the hornet.

I will admit I did try to talk my sister-in-law into the honey bee therapy because I had heard of people recovering and even getting back to very normal lives but she would not even consider it, I find that so hard to understand, as bad as I hate snakes I’d let a snake bite me if it would help me walk and live, but of course snakes are not going to help anything, snake lovers can write me all they want, I know garter snakes and black snakes are harmless but any other than that in my sight I wouldn't hesitate to make somebody else kill. No, not me, I'm not that brave. My weird sense of humor does not belong here I am sure, but you get my point I am sure. Even with the horrible fear I would do whatever to rid myself of something as horrible as MS.

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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

An incredibly debilitating disease that doesn't get enough attention. My dad had MS. He went from fully functional to being considered a "vegetable" in about 10 years. He also lost his eyesight pretty early on. I haven't seen or heard from him in over 10 years, but I can only imagine how far it has progressed. Thanks for the hub Pollyannalana!

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

You are welcome,its my only chance to give to my friend again, ones I know who have it and to help speed up a cure or prevention. This is what Jean wanted to do so its the least I can do in her memory.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

Hi Pollyannalana, Sorry to read about the death of your friend, it is obvious she meant a lot to you and nice of you to write this hub with her in mind.

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you, She was a very dear friend, my best, I will help her daughter as much as I can to benefit MS.

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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

MS is a horrible disease and you're wonderful to bring attention to it. My partner does an MS bike ride every year from Sydney to Wollongong (a town 90kms south) to raise funds and awareness for the MS foundation in Oz. Its a huge event and there's always lots of media. Thanks for sharing.

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

That's wonderful, I will share that with daughter of the friend who past away. Its been over three years and she has three children but has such a hard time still, her mom really was a special person. One day maybe they will at least pick up on the disease before it goes too far, I know too there is something in this bee therapy, but it seems no one wants to deal with anything natural as a cure, maybe I am thinking because our government will not recognize anything but chemical and not consider them non profit, I don't know, I wish I had answers, it is a horrible disease. For ones not brave enough to be stung they could collect (Venom?) and make shots.

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I am sorry that you lost your dear friend. I had a friend with MS, a tiny, dear woman who lived to be 80. I was surprised that she lasted so long, but death hurts no matter how late it comes.

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Jean went into toxic shock I believe her daughter said. I have heard of bee sting therapy being a big help to many but it seems for whatever reason the MS organization is not moving very quickly on that seeming to doubt it's ability to help but I had a personal experience to make me believe it and I would try it immediately if I ever had MS and I may still if I get arthritis ever bad when I am older.

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Yvonne Decelis 4 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

I am also very sorry you lost your good friend. I have MS myself (I have a hub about my journey with MS and Fibro). Thank you for writing this hub!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you Yvonne, I will be sure to read you.

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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Thank you for this beautiful article. I remember how shocked and sad I was to hear that Annette Funicello had been diagnosed with MS.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Yes D-D, me too and as far as I know she is still living, so someone is taking good care of her apparently. Of course even at that it can't be much of a life. Thanks for reading.

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Yvonne Decelis 3 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

I hope she is doing as well as possible. I just read about the surgery she had to "slow down the tremors which result from her MS" (wow - I hope my tremors don't get to that point!)

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bgamall 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Annette was the first girl I loved. I was just a young child. The blonde girl was pretty, but Annette brought you into her world right through the TV. She was amazing. She was one of the most charismatic individuals to ever relate to very young people. I was 6. :) I was actually very distressed to here she had ms. I yearn for a cure for all of you that suffer this terrible disease.

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torrilynn 3 years ago

pollyannalanna, beautiful article that you have written here. i never knew that a hornet sting or bee sting would be so beneficial to someone with MS. thanks. voted up.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

I hope so too Yvonne, it must be one of the most terrifying diseases there are. I wish only the best for you. I know you are very well informed and that is so important when we face anything like this.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

bgamall- Thanks for sharing your story, that was very interesting. Annette was from my older sister's time but I saw her now and then and of course thought she was very beautiful and more than that just so sweet and nice and one of the last people to deserve this, but then who does? But you know what I mean. This disease; like cancer, I think will be a long time having a cure because there is so much money in the disease to be made by so many people. Diseases are getting to be as much politics as anything else, sadly. Another reason I would go with natural as much as I could.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

torrilynn- it is not recognized as a cure but many people have used it and I am 100% sure it worked for me.

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for this interesting and informative article on MS. Didn't know about the bee stings.

Very sorry about your friend. I know how you must miss her. And Annette was such a courageous and out-spoken lovely woman. Let's pray that one day soon, there will be a cure for this malicious disease. Well written and voted up!

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nybride710 3 years ago from Minnesota

Thank you for this information on MS. My sister-in-law has it and I don't understand too much about it because she's still in the early stages.

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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Thank you for sharing this information about M.S. I loved to watch Annette Funicello when I was a child, and I am sad that this disease destroyed so much of her life.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Annette did much more in life than I thought, so she must have been in good hands vocalcoach, to live that long. I believe she lived her life to the fullest and she was certainly someone to look up to, her family I know are proud of that.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Nybride, I would certainly recommend bee stings to anyone, for as I say I witnessed the results first hand. It was just short of a miracle...if not one.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Deborah-Diane - Annette was more in my sister's time but she was still doing movies etc for me to see, too. I just fear there is so much profit in all diseases (treatments, meds, etc) that sometimes the best is not done quickly enough. It is a horrible disease, I hope something is done soon too. Thanks for commenting, everyone.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I had such a crush on her when I was in elementary and several million other guys. Great information and tribute. I had a friend die from MS....very important message my friend.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Thank you billybuc, I hope anyone with MS or someone they know will give it some thought, maybe a try. Sorry about your friend.

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Yvonne Decelis 3 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Hi there! FYI - I have a book on now. If you are interested, check out the book page on FB at

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Will check it out first chance I get.

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Yvonne Decelis 3 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Thanks Pollyana!

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Yvonne Decelis 3 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Thanks Polyannalana (p.s. sorry if you see another post about the book. I may have done it twice by accident.)

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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Informative information on Multiple sclerosis as all sicknesses NONE is nice and no one wants to be sick, but sometimes we don't have it as a choice like we can choose what clothes we will wear today and tomorrow. It's life and sickness is one of our trials here on this earth that we have to go through. Death and sickness is no respecter of persons.

It's all summed up in these few words "For Jesus we must suffer" ........ this body shall pass away and we will get a new one where there'll be no more sickness no pain. No more burdens to bear only glory over there.

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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

My neighbor lived 31 years with MS. Early on set he would be out running and couldn't stop. He would throw himself on the neighbors lawn so his wife wouldn't see him. He was a physicist who managed to work until he could retire, with the help of a great friend. He rolled each one of his daughters down the isle, enjoyed being read the newspaper everyday and gave instructions about his trust on his death bed. He was one of the most fascinating people I have ever known. I believe he did some bee therapy.

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davenmidtown 2 years ago from Sacramento, California

Just FYI... small typo: My best friend in High School died a horrible dead,

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

Thanks Jo; Jean was my best friend ever and I sure hope to see her soon!

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

He could have Tirelesstraveler; I have read so many good things about it!

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

Thanks so much Dave; I will find it and fix it. Appreciate it so much!

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

Ah; found another error too.

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Yvonne Decelis 2 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Hi there! I meant to tell you I am now a news editor for MS News Channel and I believe we are featuring a story about bee sting therapy tomorrow at if you want to check it out. Cheers!

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

I will make a note, Yvonne; thank you!

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

Even if you don't do it tomorrow. Thx

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Yvonne Decelis 2 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Thank you Pollyannalana! :-)

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poetryman6969 24 months ago

I did not know about Annette Funicello.

Bring on the honey bees. If zombies existed I might even consider eating zombies if it could cure something!

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Pollyannalana 23 months ago from US Author

Might do.

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