About a girl
Feline was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with MS. Always active, always up for fun and always taking care of others. How could this happen to her? Because of the disease she lost a significant part of her vision and had to stop her studies as a nurse. She continues to fight her illness with admirable courage. We won’t elaborate on this because of privacy reasons, but Feline was the starting point for me to start with Mystery Solved, her acronym for MS.
Hopefully she’s the starting point of something really big.
About a neurologist
Every neurologist knows the terrible moment when you communicate an MS diagnosis to a young person, creating fear and uncertainty and shattering dreams and expectations. When I started my training in neurology 1986, I had always thought that the cause of MS would be known at the end of my career, with a curative treatment as a consequence.
There is still a way to go and that’s the purpose of this project
About a professor
In 2019 I had the honor to talk to worldwide acclaimed neurologist Gavin Giovannoni. In an informal talk about music I told him about the song ‘Mystery Solved’ and the whole idea to further investigate the role of the Epstein Barr virus (EBV) as a trigger for MS (and this in a rare aggressive MS form). He was immediately encouraging the idea.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.