MSSC is so 'CCSVI-aware'.
Dear friends and supporters,
Thank you very much for supporting MS Society of Canada efforts on behalf of people affected by MS across the country. People with MS are at the heart of everything we do, and it is a great pleasure to let you know the progress that is being made and to highlight what can be done further during the federal election campaign.
Questions about whether narrowed veins – also called CCSVI - are associated with MS and whether opening those veins can help people with MS have not been answered conclusively. Therefore, we were pleased on March 23 when – responding to requests from the MS Society – the federal minister of health announced a new monitoring system for MS. Once in place, it will track Canadians living with MS, including those who have chosen to have the CCSVI procedure abroad, and will capture information to help identify disease patterns and long-term outcomes.
There has also been progress on the work we are doing to improve income supports for people with MS and their families. MS is an expensive disease. In addition, many people living with MS are no longer able to work. Family members who are caregivers often have to cut back on their own jobs or quit working altogether to provide needed care. We are very pleased that both the Conservatives and Liberals, during the last session of Parliament, promised changes to permit spouses to claim a tax credit for being a caregiver. These are small steps, but they are important stepping stones on the way to greater recognition and support of caregivers.
As the federal election campaign develops, we will send you email messages occasionally to invite you to contact the candidates in your riding about issues of importance to people affected by MS. Please take action when you receive the email invitation.
If you would like more information about CCSVI, please visit our new online resource dedicated to this topic. For more information about caregiver needs, please see The Cost of Caring: Implications for family caregivers, and for more information on other income security issues, please visit our website.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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