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Comment from: Patience, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 30

I think all our diseases that involve our nervous system is caused by chemicals that are sprayed in the air, on the ground and put in our foods. Chemicals that are not to be meant be consumed by human beings. I have a rare disease that leads back to pesticides and herbicides.

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Comment from: nena, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I was diagnosed in 1986, before symptoms started. I am a pianist, suddenly unable to open my hands wide enough to get 8 keys. Nobody in my family had MS, nor my grandparents. Now a cousin younger than me has MS, she is 40. I have primary progressive MS. I do not walk for the last 18 years, I was born in 1952. I have had 6 strokes and 1 heart attack.

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Comment from: mashaddy, 45-54 Female Published: February 18

Yes my ex-husband was diagnosed with MS and died after 7 years.

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