A new treatment may be available for those with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.
Mary Thompson says when she first learned she had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1987, there were no treatments available. It all began when she woke up one morning and everything was blurry in her left eye.
“It is pretty terrifying when you don’t know whether it’s going to affect your walking, your eye sight, your brain,” said Thompson. “I have had it affect just about all my body parts. Now it is also affecting my brain, which is extremely difficult for me.”
Thompson and her husband have been in the beer business for years, starting the first microbrewery in southwest Texas. Her husband is now the Brewmaster at North by North West Restaurant and Brewery.
Because of MS, Thompson is no longer able to work in the brewery. She started a support group in Austin, connecting with others who live with the unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS).
“Nobody understands MS like somebody that has MS. So it is very important to me to have people to talk to about it, moan about it, get angry about it, whatever,” said Thompson.
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