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Kennedy: Multiple sclerosis, the great time thief, held at bay by 95-year-old

Multiple sclerosis is generally a progressive disease.

Multiple sclerosis is an insidious companion.

Sometimes, it ducks into the shadows. Other times, it jumps out with menace. Always, it tests a person’s character.

Chattanooga’s Louise Miller, who turned 95 years old on Nov. 12, was featured in a Chattanooga News-Free Press article way back in 1979 after being named the area’s “MS Mother of the Year.”

If you are counting, that was 37 years ago.

Miller still has a framed copy of the newspaper article on her wall. It was a big, six-column story. She was pictured with her now-deceased husband, Austin, who owned Scenic Land Printing and Sales Co.

She was lauded in print as a mother of four and energetic volunteer for the MS Society, an avid gardener and member of the Red Bank Presbyterian Church.

The subtext of that article was the belief at the time that MS sufferers were on the clock, that their lives would almost certainly be cut short by the disease.

Multiple sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system. Women are two to three times more likely than men to develop MS, which affects about 2.3 million people worldwide. It can cause fatigue, vision problems, numbness and mood changes, among other symptoms.

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