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County resident Ed Hale (standing), who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006, presented Carroll County Commissioners (from left) Jeff Ohler, Robert Wirkner and Lewis Mickley with an annual proclamation on March 6 that names March "Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month."
A disease of the central nervous system, MS affects young to middle-aged adults. Most patients are between the ages of 20 to 50 when they are diagnosed. About 400,000 people across the United States, including 20,000 Ohioans, have been diagnosed with the disease, said Hale.
Symptoms can include difficulty with vision, numbness and pain in the arms and legs, fatigue, and paralysis. There is currently no cure.