The Frayed Extension Cord

by Anonymous

I explained to my children that MS is caused by damage to nerves in the brain. I used the example of an extension cord. If an extension cord is frayed or cut, and the wire becomes damaged, electricity can't travel through the wires and the extension cord may not work properly.

In this example, the outer part of the extension cord represents the myelin sheath (protective coating) and the wires represent the nerves. I think this explanation is simple enough for even a child to comprehend.

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Apr 13, 2011
Great Explanation
by: Anonymous

What a great, simple explanation! That is a great visual way to look at it. Not only is it easy for kids to understand, but for adults as well.

I think many times when we don't have a visual reference for something, it's very difficult for us to understand it. This is the perfect visual for anyone who wants to "see" what MS is or does when it's in the body.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us and our visitors. Perfect! (Any other explanations? : )


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