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2004 Expedition: Moonshadow Step by Step for MS takes
on Mount Everest
Great news - Iain is back
to his "old-self" and reportedly spent the morning giving golf lessons. While
he broke out the sand wedge and the pink ladies (these balls are easier to see
on snow patches), he is saving the Big Bertha for summit day. The guys had
been hounding him since we got to BC to pull out his club(s) - it seems the
weather has finally allowed this - at least throughout the morning winds had
died down and the sun had warmed things enough for the down coats to finally
Today's news indicates that Tony was not feeling too well at ABC where he and
Ewen have been for the last 6 days. No news on Ewen, who was not well at last
report a few days ago. By now they should have returned to BC along with the
rest of the BBC crew.
Everyone seems anxious to get moving up the mountain again. While it is still
unclear exactly when the weather window will be, they are hoping to be able to
leave BC by the end of next week. From here it will take 3 days to get into
position for the final summit push, so they will probably have to start the
hike back up before the weather fully improves. Unfortunately the sat phone
disconnected before we finished talking, but Iain's last words clearly
indicated that he was as determined as ever!
What is MS?
MS often strikes young adults
between 20 and 50 years of age. Twice as many women develop the disease. MS is
found most frequently among people who live in temperate climates, both in the
Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
In Switzerland alone, over 10,000 people currently live with MS. The disease
strikes one out of every 800 Swiss, representing a high proportion of the
population compared to other countries. In the US, a third of a million people
What are its symptoms?
The symptoms of MS may include tingling, numbness, slurred speech, and blurred
or double vision. Some people experience muscle weakness, poor balance, poor
coordination, muscle tightness, spasticity, or paralysis which may be
temporary or permanent.
Because MS affects individuals so differently, it is difficult to make
generalizations about disability.
What causes MS?
Most scientists think the cause of MS is "multi-factorial." The person's
genetic heritage, gender, birthplace, age, and environment contribute to
susceptibility, resistance, and the pattern of course MS will take. It is not
an inherited disease, in a strict sense, but a certain susceptibility may run
in families. One theory suggests that a common viral infection, acquired
during early childhood in genetically susceptible individuals, leads to the
development of an immune response (autoimmune reaction) when one reaches
adulthood. MS appears to result from an autoimmune process in which immune
cells mistake myelin as a foreign invader and attack it.
Is it easily diagnosed?
MS is not easy to diagnose. However, recent advances in medical imaging,
particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are helping to clarify
diagnosis. A conclusive or definitive diagnosis requires evidence of multiple
patches of scar tissue in different parts of the central nervous system, and
evidence of at least 2 separate attacks of the disease.
Is there a cure?
Although no cure exists at present for MS, many symptoms can be relieved and
the severity of attacks may be reduced through the use of various treatments.
There are also many therapies to moderate or relieve MS symptoms.
How to donate
In the United States :
Please send a US draft check, made payable to the “US National MS Society”
with written reference to the “ Nan J. Gascoigne Fund” to the following
P.O. Box 520515
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-0515
Because we are collecting funds through the US National MS Society, your
donation qualifies as tax-deductable. By specifying the “ Nan J.
Gascoigne Fund” on your check, you enable MoonShadow to maintain control
of the funds and how they will be put to good use.
To donate In Switzerland and from all other countries please e-mail us
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