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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta -_ Wodnelday, 27, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HIRAID 19 Multiple Sclerosis incurable, but not as bad as some diseases By FIIASER HODGSON Special to The Herald Usually the first question asked is, "What is Muliiple if you can gul yuur tongue around the words, r. Sclerosis means sear, and multiple means the scars occur in more tlian one spot or area. Medical people don't know vet what causes MS, but re- Fraser Hodgson, a southern Alberta writer who lives in Lethbridge, has bsen crippled by Multiple Sclerosis, a nerve disease, for many years. He has written several books including Wanderings of an Expert, recently pub- lished by Southern Printers of Lelhbridge. He is also a regular contributor to The Herald's editorial pages. Mr. Hodgson writes with an electric typewriter using a con- traption stropped around his head which he presses on the keys with his chin._______________ ELECTROHOME "BRUNSWICK" 26" COLOR TV ONLY More of everything you expect in a color TV console eipocially value. Plus something you didn't expect, totally automatic color thai is set to your preference. Including auto- matic fino tuning. Automatic tint control. And alt-new auto- matic color strength that lets you decide how much color saturation you want in the picture and then keeps it that way. Eloclrohome automatic color Is so simple it's fool- proof! Plus many more features including Deilcraft Walnut cabinet and "Eleclrobrile" matrix picture lube. Only a limited number available at this Look 'n Listen price. When they're gone they're gone. Dimensions. ACTIVE TV SERVICE 1238 3rd Ave. 5. Phone 327-5020 searchers say they are getting closer to an answer. They think now a virus or some kind of a bug, probably from within the victim's own body, attacks and destroys a part of the myelin sheath or insulation covering nerves in the spinal cord, and sometimes in the brain itself. A person's own bodiJy protec- tive system may be the cause, by getting overprotective and damaging something it is sup- posed to be protecting. Alter the damage has been done, by whatever cause, the body heals the wound with scar tissue, and then the trouble begins. A doctor described it to me as nearly as he could from what he knew about the disease; it is like a telephone cable carrying hundreds of wires that are damaged by water seeping through the lead covering and ealing away the insulation on some or all of the individual wires. Then a workman might open the covering, wrap each dam- aged wire with tape and then try to jam the repaired work back into the same outer sheath. There isn't room for every- thing, and restrictions and short circuits ocra-, stopping mes- sages or routing them to the wrong places. This sounds reasonable enough, because when nerve damage happens outside 'the brain or spinal cord, nature's repair work stands up fine, since it has room for its rein- forcement scars. Some say that when the cause s found, a way will be worked out to dissolve this scar tissue and put a victim back in cir- culation and stop a sclerosis at- ack as soon as it can be diag- nosed. One of the big mysteries of multiple sclerosis is that it often cures itself, or stops its ad- vance, for no reason that any- one has yet discovered. Many false leads' have been run down, from a victim's diet to the climate that' he or she happens to live in. But these and many others were pretty well proven to have nothing to do with causing the disease. Most research now is trying to zero in on the idea I've men- tioned, that a victim is his or her own enemy. A disease of any kind causes disruption in a person's life, whether it is arthritis, heart trouble, cancer, ulcers, or any other disabling attack, but mul- tiple sclerosis always seems to strike a young person between the ages of 20 and 40. This is tiie usual time they are raising a family and getting established in a home and busi- ness or a lifetime career. It's quite a blow when the young I wife greets her husband some evening with the news that the little distracting troubles she has been complaining of has been diagnosed as MS. And maybe it's a greater blow when the husband makes a similar statement, because he is the main breadwinner of a young family. The only redeeming feature is that it might advance slowly enough to give the children time to grow to independence before it floors either parent completely. Tliis often happens, but just as often the disease takes over suddenly, and unless a miracle of good income, com- plete understanding within the family, and mountains of co- operation are available, there will be a breakup. So, if some court in the land, sentenced you to part or all of the rest of your life with some sort of disability, and by an odd quirk you were allowed to select that punishment, I don't huik you could do better than o pick MS. I know it could never happen, ve just don't get to say whal ve would like in the 'way of sickness. We have to take what i we get handed out. All disabilities have draw- jacks: arthritis pains the vic- tim until he can't sleep or eat or enjoy anything very much; aeart troubles makes you care- ful to not overdo anything, and that includes everything; ulcers upset your eating, which is one of life's main enjoyments; and cancer is so often very final. Mulliple Sclerosis doesn't hurt, it has seldom been known to kill unless you trip over your own feet in front of a truck, it has never been proven here- ditary, and it often backs away in what is called a remission. Any pain accompanying MS comes from some other cause. doesn't seem to ba much a doctor can do for a pa- ient after he is sure of his diagnosis, except to advise him or her to keep going as near as possible to the usual. If the person is still mobile would tell him not to over- do things, to rest when tired, but to never give up. He might prescribe some kind of trar.- quilizer pills if the victim was extra jittery or nervous, but they sometimes think a sugar pill does just as much good. The doctor will likely also ad- vise that the person shouldn't spend money chasing around looking for cures: he could cause himself more harm than good. Twenty years ago on a trip to Toronto, I visited a well- known neurologist to get a con- firming diagnosis that I really did have MS. He agreed with1 my hometown doctor, told me o go homo and keep going as ong as I could, and I would uiow with most of the rest of :he world when a breakthrough ivas found, and he charged me Therapy is fine for a lot of troubles, to get people back on their feet no matter what the disease, but I think a person is his own best possible therapist. I know from more than 35 years of personal experience, if a victim sits down gives up, no amount of exercise prompted by someone other than himself will do him much good. A therapist can perhaps steer you in the right direction, but you have to want to help your- self. So, all you young people who were just told you have Multi- ple Sclerosis, don't quit, keep going, help is just around the corner we hope. The Lethbridge Chapter of the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society belongs to the United Fund in Lethbridge. We try (o assist patients with a sympathe- tic shoulder to lean upon and maybe the loan of a wheelchair or walker or some other home aid. Our main objective is to sup- port research, as there really isn't anything else we can do. That means supporting tho Lethbridge United Appeal Mill help us find the KEY to unlock the mystery of Multiple Scler- osis. SAVINGS Check on our Home Freezer Meat Specials! Roasting Chicken 45c Ib. GROUND BEEF Top Qua lily, Froshfy Ground 34.99 Ibs. B SMOKED PICNICS Ranch Style Whole 49' RIB STEAKS Alberta's Finest Beef 4.09 IB. 1 Prime Rib ROASTS Canada Grade A Beef 95' LB. Stewing Beef BONELESS 79' At Ranchland We Display Meat AS IT IS, without plastic wrap and colored lights. MEATS PRICES EFFECTIVE SEPT 28, 29, 30 WESTMINSTER PLAZA 13lh St. and 5th Ave. K. We Reservo Right To Limit Quantities Phone 328-0637 An Open Invitation To YOU to JOIN US during our 'NEW LOOK' CELEBRATIONS at SOUTHERN ALBERTA CO-OP "We hove heard many comments indicating that ciliiens in Lerhbrid'ge and Southern Alberta think Co-opi sell only to farmers. While some Co-ops do restrict membership to farmers Southern Alberta Co-op is Open to Everyonel You don't even have to be a member fct shop at Southern Alberta Co-op! However one must .be a member to receive the dividend benefits. 'To elaborate on our membership; if you are a member, each purchase you make during our fiscal year Is recorded, ff at the end of the yectr our company has a net savings, the savings are distributed to the members based on purchases. For example: if you spend at our store, during a year and our net saving during that year is 5% your equity is credited with So you save while you shop. And you will find our prices very competitivel "In Lsthbridge Southern Alberta Co-op is located at 1221 2nd Avenue South. We handle: Hardware, Plumbing Supplies, Electrical Supplies, Housewares, Small AppKances, Garden Supplies and Automotive Acces- sories, as our mam tines. Please accept this as our personal invitation to you to drop in and see us in our newly renovated during our "New look and our "Fall Savings Event" now in progress." DICK JONES, Manager (Lethbridge) Be sure and enter your name at our lethbridge Store for the following DOOR PRIZES, being given away during our "New Look" celebrations if Ut PRIZE 19" Fleetwood Portable TV Set if 2nd PRIZE Tri Light Pole Lamp if Miscellaneous 4 General Electric Fry Pans Priies 2 Mixettes OPENING DAY SPECIALS celebrating our FALL SAVINGS EVENT at our LETHBRIDGE STORE ONLY! if AIR FRESHENERS Reg. 1.29 Opening Day Special, each 29' if SHOTGUN SHELLS 12 gauge Winchester Expert Opening Day Special, box if ELECTRIC CAN OPENER g'45 From General Electric. Reg. 15.88 Opening Day Special 10.95 5 PIECE EVER WEAR GIFT SET Reg. 19-86 Fall Savings Event GENERAL ELECTRIC Steam-Spray and Dry Iron .95 Reg. 21.98 Fall Savings Event GENERAL ELECTRIC (2 only) HAIR DRYER Reg. 49-98 Fall Savings Event 13" FALL SAVINGS EVENT SPECIALS Throughout our 7 stores in Southern Alberta THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th THRU SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th 35 .95 Furnace Filters Fall Savingi Special 2____ AIR DEFLECTOR FALL SAVINGS rf ,gg Special 2 1 OCTAGON OUTLET BOX Fall Savings Each KEYLESS PLASTIC LAMP HOLDER 44" Each CO-OP LANTERN BATTERY Fait Evant SUNBEAM ELECTRIC Can Opener with Knife Sharpener Fall Savingt Each 12 QUIET A.C. TOGGLE SWITCH Fall Savings Each 33c CGE SHADOW BAN LIGHT BULBS Fall Savings 4 Bulbs..... 88' Weatherproof LAMP HOLDER FALL SAVINGS EACH 33c POLY 'TOW AND GO' ROPE ,44 Fall Savings Each BATTERY BOOSTER CABLE Fall Savings Special, ea. 3-33 FRAM OIL FILTERS .33 Fall Savings Each 1 Standard Duplex Receptacle Fall Savingt Each Sectional Swiidh Box with Clamp Fall Savings Each Heavy Duty U-Ground Connector j.33 Each BLACK and DECKER SAW Fall Savings 24 VINYL CUBE TAP vings Fall Savings 99' COOP POLY AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES Fall Savings, 4 A OO Each I3.OO CO-OP 6 VOLT FARM AND AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY Fall I Cach 7 STORES TO SERVE YOU CO-OP 16.88 122J 2nd AVE. SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE Brandies ol BARONS-SOW ISLAND-CARDSTON COAIDALE PICTURE BUTTE-TABER ;