Love to MS Victims
Annette - Passed at Age 70
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
Have you ever known anyone with MS?
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.
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.