Nov 302010

MS is making headlines, especially in Canada and now in New Brunswick. With the approval of a new, unproven treatment for this awful condition and continued research into its long term effects the question is on everyone’s mind: would you take advantage of such a questionable treatment?

If you haven’t heard, Multiple sclerosis (MS) can be a debilitating disease in which a body’s immune system eats away at the protective sheath that covers nerves. This interferes with the communication between a brain and the rest of a body. This Ultimately, this may result in deterioration of the nerves themselves, a process that’s not reversible but may be treatable.

This controversial treatment is not easily available in Canada so some are risking going outside of the country for the operation. One person from Ontario went and recently faced his death. Before his untimely passing, however, he was once again able to get out of his bed and live a more active life that he had in a long time. Although I don’t know the full details of his suffering, decision or final farewell I know enough to have made up my mind.

This Canadian was refused assistance when he faced troubles from the original overseas operation because of his choice to do what he could to better his life.

I’m not facing this dilemma and feel terrible for anyone who is but I’ve already made up my mind. I would much rather risk death if it meant living a better life for a little while than suffer through what life I had left.

I say bravo to the New Brunswick government for once. At least the are making the option available at home for a lot of New Brunswickers. Thank you for that.

And thank you for reading and in advance for sharing your insights on such a topical issue,
Sarah Butland

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