Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Therapy Animals
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a progressive disease of the brain and spinal cord of people that causes the body to attack the protective coating around the nerves. It comes in several forms and affects each person differently. The most common type of MS is relapsing-remitting, where a person will experience a temporary relief or lessening of symptoms but then have a relapse of new or worsening symptoms.
This is the type that affects Mandy, a licensed veterinary technician at Electric City Animal Clinic. Some of the things Mandy struggles with are loss of dexterity in her hands, pain, fatigue, loss of balance, and some cognitive changes. She has to take frequent breaks and works primarily up front as a receptionist as a result of these symptoms. Although slowed down by monthly infusions, Mandy works hard every day and brings an added expertise to the client experience in the front office.
ECAC is proud to partner with Mandy and Walk MS Greenville for the second year to help raise awareness and funds for MS research. Check out the links to see how you can be involved and even come walk with Mandy on April 12th.
One of the things that Mandy says helps her most is the bond between her and her pets. Although none are licensed therapy animals, her Rottweiler Neco and all of her cats can always tell when she needs a little comfort or a little help. The cats provide emotional support whereas Neco will actually lean against her and provide physical support and stability. During the summer, she and Neco, along with her husband Danny, will sometimes swim in the Saluda River. Neco will always remain close and pull her back if she gets too far out or too tired.
Elanco, the maker of Trifexis, has partnered with Canine Assistants to help provide train and provide therapy dogs to those in need. For more information about Canine Assistants, visit www.celebratethebond.com, http://www.canineassistants.org.
For more information about Multiple Sclerosis, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/
For more information about Mandy’s team, visit team Mandy.