This is Ruth Kress. She is currently 39 years old and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost 5 years ago.
Ruth is a mother of six children, and currently stays at home to take care of the two youngest. She enjoys hanging out with her family and helping others. She was my youth leader at church and was almost like a second mom to me.
When she was 35 years old, Ruth noticed that she started losing her vision in her right eye. She went to multiple doctors until finally she was diagnosed with MS Through an MRI scan.
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder in which the protective coverings on nerves deteriorate, disrupting the pathways of the body which causes unpredictable symptoms. Ruth experienced blindness in one eye, but many others can experience pain, numbness, fatigue, loss of mobility, and so on.
Multiple Sclerosis is not a curable disease, but supplements, disease modifying therapy, and proper exercise and diet can help reduce symptoms. Ruth is currently taking vitamin supplements, and avoids extreme weather conditions, as very hot and cold temperatures can increase the severity of her symptoms.
Progressive MS can deteriorate one's body over time. Many people lose the ability to walk, or even experience paralysis after many years of enduring the disease. On the other hand, many people can go most of their life without experiencing symptoms. Recently Ruth's MRI has come out clear, showing that there is no further deterioration of the myelin around the nerves, allowing her to stall the disease for a little longer.