Karolina Gruszka, a Polish actress, informed on Sunday in “Dzień Dobry TVN” that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. – It is worth speaking out and educating about diseases that affect more and more parts of society – she said. She drew attention to the problem with the availability of treatment in Poland.
Actress Karolina Gruszka is known for her roles in both film and theater. On Sunday, in the program “Dzień Dobry TVN”, she decided to talk about her health problems as part of the NEURO mobilized social campaign, which aims to increase awareness of multiple sclerosis.
Pear: I have been functioning 100% normally for years
– I made the decision to join the NEUROmobilized campaign because I am convinced that it is worth speaking out and educating about diseases that affect an increasing part of society, and in this case especially often young people planning their lives, starting a family, studying or starting work. Also because I know very well what a person hearing the diagnosis and living with the disease is facing. In 2017, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – said the actress.
Pear visited a neurologist when she noticed the first disturbing symptoms and started treatment almost immediately after the diagnosis. The first drug did not work, but the next treatment stopped the disease completely. – I take the drug twice a year. For years I have been functioning 100% normally. I actually forget about MS, I don’t think of myself as a sick person. I’m here to pour some optimism into MS. Normal life is possible as long as the disease is detected early, she added.
According to Gruszka, the system of treating multiple sclerosis in Poland requires changes. – A number of frontline drugs are reimbursed. There are also pharmaceuticals available for patients in whom first-line preparations have proved ineffective, but are only partially reimbursed. Medicines with the so-called high effectiveness, i.e. those that I take, are not reimbursed. We really want this to change, she explained.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
In Poland, 45,000 people suffer from MS, most of whom are women. Most often, this neurological disease is diagnosed in young people – between 20 and 40 years of age. It cannot be completely cured, but early detection and appropriate medications allow it to be controlled to such an extent that patients can function without restrictions.
Symptoms of MS can include visual impairment, motor coordination and balance disorders, as well as limb paresis, sensory disturbances, and tingling.
Magnetic resonance imaging enables the detection of multiple sclerosis.
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