I caught the show last night, also.
I always wonder how the incoming calls to put on the air are screened. I was SO tempted to call in myself and see if they would put MY question(s) on the air! HAH!
I thought this show (as compared to the one he did with Nancy Davis - I even wrote a pretty strongly worded letter to Larry King about THAT show - that one was atrocious) was a tiny bit more representative of MSers, but not by much.
I noticed there was still a big "push" for pharmaceutical companies, also. I kept thinking, "Ok, here comes the commercial portion of the show". I say let's put Michael Moore on a talk panel regarding MS.
As far as the doctor goes, I personally thought he merely played it safe is all. Stayed pretty neutral with his comments. The good thing that I saw was that he at LEAST told everybody how much was still NOT known at all. That the doctors are merely just "guessing" with MS.
I don't know, I still get the feeling there is still a lot of downplaying about the mystery of MS. I realize you want to keep people hopeful, but on the other hand, you aren't going to get non-MS people mobilized at all to feel outrage or passion about the disease, ya know? These shows seem to be geared to MSers alone, as if people without MS won't be watching anyway. Defeatist attitude (about getting the general public to become involved) coming through right from the start, in my opinion.
The difficulty I'm having right now though, is describing what I feel is "missing" from delivering the message about MS. I can tell you one thing, though, (and I've heard this same thing from others), as far as it being so "wonderful" and "supportive" from friends and family when you have MS..........yea, right! Let's portray how it REALLY is living day to day with MS, and how it REALLY affects an MSer's relationships, jobs, friends (most of whom don't understand and say hurtful things), and families - emotionally, financially, and every other way!
EDIT: Yep! That's what I feel is missing. The complete disregard for portraying ACCURATELY, the socio-economic affects MS has! None of those people struggle with finances, insurance, spouses, jobs, etc. They are all well to-do and make everyone believe that there is so much "help" out there for MSers, then what is the big deal about the disease? Try to get disability for MS from Social Security one time, and then tell us how "easy" dealing with MS is!
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