Archive for March, 2013

Telling Your Friends and Family About Your Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by BrevardBlogger 19 Comments

March is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month and your friends at Brevard Medical Supplywant you to be aware of this little-understood disease and know that we are here to help.

MS is a disease affecting the central nervous system that causes mobility loss, numbness, blurred vision, memory issues and other symptoms.

What is MS? Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder.

Who can be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis:

MS can strike both men and women but is more common in women

MS appears more frequently in Caucasians than in Hispanics or African Americans

MS is relatively rare among Asians and certain other ethnic groups

MS is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50

There are currently 350,000 to 500,000 people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with MS and over 2.5 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

If you have been recently diagnosed with MS, your friends and family are going to find out and will want to know. Here are some suggestions about sharing your news from the National MS Society:

  • Shock and distress may make it difficult for some people to respond, so be prepared to give them time to deal with the news.
  • You may need to provide comfort and reassurance at just the time that you are in need of comfort and reassurance yourself.
  • When people don’t know what to say, they may say nothing at all — so be careful not to misinterpret silence as not caring.
  • Most people will take their cue from you — so be ready to let them know whether you want to talk about your MS, if you’re willing to answer questions, and if you need something from them.

If you need a wheelchair, cane, walker or any other home medical equipment, Brevard Medical Supply carries many products in our online catalog to help you. We encourage you to stop in if you are in the area and let us assist you in person.

Please visit the for more information on the disease.

Sources: The National MS Society

100,000 Floridians Experience Brain Injuries Each Year. Could You Be Next?

Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by BrevardBlogger 46 Comments

Brevard Medical Equipmentwants to encourage awareness of brain injury in our beautiful state of Florida and help those affected by this devastating condition.

Brain injuries can happen at any time, at any age and in a lot of different circumstances.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) can affect Florida residents at any age. Did you know that there are 210,000 Floridians living with devastating injuries after brain injury and 100,000 Floridians who experience brain injury each year?

What is a brain injury? There are two main classifications of brain injury; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

A TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. A rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head, which can force the brain to move back and forth inside the skull, can also cause TBI. Major causes of TBI include:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Assaults
  • Sports-related concussions
  • Family Violence
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)/inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury

An ABI is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative. ABI takes place at the cellular level within the brain; most symptoms of ABIs are very similar to those of TBIs. Major causes of ABI include:

  • Strokes
  • Aneurysms
  • Diseases, such as encephalitis

Brevard Medical Equipment encourages safety and prevention of any kind of brain injury. Our online catalog features a wide range of home medical equipment to promote safety and prevention of injuries. Use your head and protect your brain.

If you or someone you care about is living with a brain injury in Florida, contact the Brain Injury Association of Florida today at 800-992-3422 or visit their website to learn more. Click here to find one of the support groups around Florida.


Brain Injury Alliance of America, Brain Injury Association Florida