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+ Hays Free Press February 25, 2015 COMMUNITY Page 3C Continued from pg. 1C back," Kim said. So far, the Meneses chil- dren are on the fortunate side. They can walk and talk. Kim said Sarah could have started treatments years ago if doctors had only thought to diagnose her with MS. "They said she was too young to have it," Kim said. "Usually the medical field says age 20-40 is the prime age when people develop MS." So they ruled it out as a cause of her illness. "But they are finding more and more cases in children," she said. Yet, when they gave Sar- ah higher doses of Vitamin D (5,000 units daily), she felt better. Kim said doctors told her that people who live in northern states are more often diagnosed with MS. Her children were both born and lived for years in Alaska. "One factor could be that people in northern states are inside more often so "If we would have pursued [the diagnosis] for our daughter, she would have been on treatment a lot earlier." -Kim Meneses, mother of Sarah and Nathan, who both have MS their Vitamin D levels are lower," she said. Despite the possible con- nection with low Vitamin D levels, Kim said medi- cal professionals haven't offered any real kind of prevention yet. "They look at factors but they don't really know how it's caused," she said. "It can be more prominent in some ethnicities. We're Hispanic." Kim recommended parents become proactive advocates for their chil- dren's health. "If we would have pur- sued it for our daughter, she would have been on treatment a lot earlier," Kim said. But with doctors leading the family down the path that Sarah was too young, they didn't have much else to go on until Nathan developed symptoms. Kim said there are no other cases of MS in her family. She said she's heard some speculation that connects MS with the food stream and possibly vaccines. She said doctors have not found an exact cause. "Treatment is for life," she said. "There is no cure at this time." Two sides of the same coin Nathan and Sarah had different reactions to their having MS. "At first I was freaked out a bit; I had no idea what MS was,'! Nathan said recently. "After learning a lot of stuff, by then we'd heard it enough and understood it enough to be more relaxed about it. We have a plan and it's going to turn out. It was a relief - there wasn't any more questioning. Honestly MS hasn't really affected me too much." Nathan said his future plans in- clude becoming a music producer. Sarah wrote her feelings in a letter after the interview. It said, in part: "It's a relief finally knowing what's making me sick after all these years but it's also scary, because when I meet others with MS that have worse symptoms than me, I won- der and worry if that may happen to me. I know that when I REALLY think about MS I want to hit some- thing. I still haven't gotten used to having MS. I can admit that I have it, hear people talk about it, but I can't quite make myself believe it yet even when I take medicine for it. One day I might be able to but for now I can't get used to it." olutio 8 1 7;15!i: ii61i i! iiili 4 2 9 3 9 2 5 7 6 6 5 4 i i!! !211 i 8 3 4 7 1 !8!+ 2 9 5 Sudoku Puzzle, from page 2C Texas Crossword ~~i N'Y= Texas Crossword, from page 2C B 5 III ,ll i I Your Hometown McDonald's : MeDon,,Id,~ o41' Bud- :i~J:i~+~i~::i~::~ / 15359 IH-35, 5te. B~:I :: /:!~ ::;;A / P.O. Box 1364, Buda, mx 78610 ::ii~ ~: iii~l i~:~!~ / s zmz-z . +.J +/++ill Locally owried and operated '~ I --U~I~ ~/ by Jimmy and Cindi Ferguson |~1~1 Io1# if.,/ r v,.,+..l+,.,c,.,+, \ ++2s ++ 363. +,+ o+o, j ,o~ NEWS I_ETTERS -OBITS I CALENDAR PHOTO GALLERY I CLASSIFIEDS SUBSCRIBE I ! TEXAS LEHIGH~ CEMENT CO. LPJ CENTEX MATERIALS LLC FM 2770, Buda, Texas 295-4801 lat Livin~ Word Lutheran Church) 512-638-6312 , + |-+ii,{li ll l+ I + I+ +] II IIII