- MS is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Symptoms include loss of problem-solving capacity or short-term memory, pain in the extremities, partial or complete paralysis, loss of muscle control and blurry vision due to an attack on the optic nerve. The disease afflicts more than 300,000 people in the U.S., of whom about 40% have the progressive form in which neurological functions steadily worsen. Most MS victims end up in wheelchairs or need help walking.
- Other celebrities currently battling MS include actress Annette Funicello and comic Richard Pryor.