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Amy Schumer and her dad, Gordon,
on the set of a photo shoot.
"Living with that unpredictability
and variability from month to month
and year to year is probably among
the most challenging parts of living
with MS," Kalb says.
MS is not curable, and it's not fatal.
People with MS live about seven years
less than people without it, but few
cases are aggressive from the disease's
onset, Kalb says.
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removed is U.S. Sen. Chuck
Schumer of New York. The
pair have worked together to
call for stronger background
checks for gun buyers.
Schumer's sister, Kim Caramele,
works as a writer and producer
on Inside Amy Schumer.
Her brother, Jason Stein, is a
jazz musician who has opened
for her on the road.
She has a lower back tattoo,
hence the name of her memoir, The Girl with the Lower
She first tried stand-up on a
whim in 2004.
She came in fourth place on
the fifth season of the NBC
show Last Comic Standing.
Last year, she bought her family's farm back that they had
lost in bankruptcy years before.
mistakenly attacks myelin-the fatty
substance around nerve fibers in the
central nervous system-and the
fibers themselves. This damage interrupts nerve impulses traveling to and
from the brain and spinal cord, causing a variety of often unpredictable
symptoms. That means a patient can
go to sleep with one symptom and
wake up the next day with a completely new one. These can include
pain, tremor, vision troubles, numbness, paralysis, weakness, stiffness,
walking problems, difficulty thinking
and severe fatigue.
An attack of new symptoms is a
characteristic of relapsing-remitting
MS, the most common disease course.
After a new symptom rears its head, it
can just as quickly lessen or disappear.
Relapsing-remitting stands in contrast
to primary progressive MS, in which
symptoms and neurologic function
get worse with no remission.
Some people may exhibit just one
or two symptoms in their lives, says
Rosalind Kalb, vice president of the
Professional Resource Center at the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
But most people, over their lifetimes,
experience several symptoms for varying durations and intensities. That
makes it difficult, if not impossible, for
caregivers to know what to expect.
More than 12 disease-modifying
medications can treat relapsing MS,
reducing the frequency of the attacks,
lessening the lesions that can form
on nerve endings and slowing the
progress of the disease.
The attacks themselves can be
treated with steroids or other medications. Occupational, physical and
speech therapists can help people
get back on track after a flare-up.
Often more difficult to manage
are the mental and emotional effects
of MS. Most people diagnosed with
MS are ages 20 to 50, a time when
the diagnosis can feel especially
devastating, Kalb says. People are
often just getting into the swing
of their careers, forming lifelong
relationships and thinking about
Kalb tries to help people with MS
plan and make the best decisions for
a future with the disease.
"I usually encourage people to think
about what their priorities are and how
they can set themselves up in the best
possible way to be prepared for whatever MS throws at them," she says.
For years, Jen Holt tried to ignore
her symptoms. A busy intensive care
nurse and mom of three kids in New
Hampshire, she always attributed her
issues to something else. She blamed
her sore feet on a new floor at work.
Her fatigue was caused by running
after her kids. Her depression-well,
she wasn't quite sure about that.