There is no doubt that multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease of the central nervous system. It rarely strikes before the age of twenty or after the age of forty. Women sometimes fall victim to it after giving birth and men after an accident or a neglected infectious disease. The first signs of illness may also be a disturbance in the sensory nerves, especially in the feet. The patient gets the feeling of walking on cotton wool and runs the risk of stumbling on uneven ground. After the attack on the sensory nerves there follows a disturbance of the nerves controlling movement, a paralysis of the limbs. A little while later, the patient begins to drag his legs, walking stiffly. In accordance with the focus of the disease, the feet and lower organs or the arms and hands, perhaps even the jaw muscles and facial muscles are involved. When the intestinal muscles or the bladder sphincter are affected or put out of action, the condition is indeed serious. As the disease progresses, the muscles of the mouth and the vocal cords can become involved, causing impairment of speech. Pain is not always present and when it is it is rarely unbearable. There may be inexplicable periods of remission, with the symptoms subsiding; or there may be a sudden worsening of the condition, a relapse. The disease may go on for decades and it is not surprising that a lot of patience and mental energy is needed, both on the part of an MS patient as well as his family and those who take care of him.