It's been a month of awareness here on the Doulas of Memphis blog! First it was hyperemesis gravidarum, then it was mental health, and now Multiple Sclerosis. Doulas of Memphis was called out by Concierge Doulas of South Florida to do the Running Man Challenge to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is defined as:
Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The exact antigen — or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack — remains unknown, which is why MS is considered by many experts to be "immune-mediated" rather than "autoimmune."
Within the CNS, the immune system attacks myelin — the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers — as well as the nerve fibers themselves. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a wide variety of symptoms. The disease is thought to be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by a combination of one or more environmental factors. People with MS typically experience one of four disease courses, which can be mild, moderate or severe.
When we got called out to do the Running Man Challenge, co-owner and Memphis doula Abby Powell was on vacation at the beach. Good news: the best doula agency in Memphis never goes on vacation!
Here at Doulas of Memphis, part of how we are able to be the best doula in Memphis is that utilize a sustainable agency model that allows us to balance work, family and fun. While one owner is vacationing at the beach, Doulas of Memphis can continue to run smoothly from home (thanks to co-owner Lindsey Hanna!) and we are able to serve our clients without interruption. Everybody wins, and we can make completely ridiculous videos for you to enjoy....like this one!