MASON CITY, Iowa - Heading to the doctor is something most people don’t enjoy having to do, but for Bailey Frye it’s essential to keep her multiple sclerosis at bay.
“I’m very lucky that I’m able to walk, I’m able to see, for the most part, with my glasses,” said Frye. “Some people in our support group have trouble walking or their MS is progressing.”
Bailey started showing signs and symptoms of the diseases as a teenager and was diagnosed with MS five years ago. There is no cure for the disease, but Bailey is giving us a first-hand look at the treatment she goes through at least once a month.
“I don’t think people see this side of it,” she said. “They are curious. They think you just take your medicine and go about your life, but no, I am going to be burned out after this.”
On top of going to the doctor for medicine to slow the progression of her MS, the drug she takes has a side effect that could lead to a form of Leukemia, meaning she has to have blood work done once every 4-6 months.
Dr. Alireza Yarahmadisays said treatments for the disease are advancing quickly.
“The new generation of treatment for multiple sclerosis is to try and find a cure for the nerves to try and repair the covers of the nerve myelin,” said Dr. Yaramadi.
Dr. Yaramadi has been working for more than 10 years and said he’s encouraged by the latest research to help patients like Bailey and others who live with MS.
"Awareness is the key,” said Frye. “We need to spread awareness so we can find a cure. So my friends and family won’t have to deal with the potential what-ifs.
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