Thursday, June 03, 2004

Raging against the machine

Raging against the machine I suspect is part of every caregiver's therapy from time to time.

There is a dark side to MS. There is horror and so much frustration in living with MS. People do suffer. People do die. Lives and families are destroyed. This is REALITY.

The ABC+R drugs offer an extended license on life for some with MS. This is their HOPE and desired REALITY.

Yet the media machine spawned by the drug manufacturers fills magazines with glossy pages of shinny happy people. News stories are generated reporting inspirational personal anecdotes and positive studies. Where is the line between reality and advertising?

The pursuit of hope I fully understand. This sanitized PR image of MS I do not. I worry that the public as a whole learns the wrong lesson about MS for those who suffer.

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