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Over the last seven years, Maureen Patch has had doctor's appointments fairly regularly.
"My mind went to, 'Oh my God. I'm going to die,'" Patch said.

The 36-year-old Sioux Falls woman found out she had multiple sclerosis after having her third child.

"My youngest will never know a healthy mom. She knows mom with MS," Patch said.

But Dr. Fanny Jaquez hopes to keep Patch as healthy as possible. The Atlanta, Georgia woman sees patients in Sioux Falls.

"Initially I was coming once a month. Currently I'm coming three weeks every four to six weeks," Sanford Neurologist Dr. Fanny Jaquez said.

Jaquez is visiting South Dakota more often because she sees a large need for doctors specializing in multiple sclerosis.

"MS is a disease of template regions, so this is a template area of the United States," Jaquez said.

Researchers are looking into why MS is more common in states, like South Dakota.

"They've been assuming for the last few years the fact that there's not a lot of sun and there's no significant amount of Vitamin D, which they've been linking to the risk factors of multiple sclerosis,"  Jaquez said.

While there is still no cure for MS, medications for the disease have improved dramatically.

"There's a lot of things in the future coming, including for repair, so now days I tell my patients to not let the disease stop you. Try to keep your plan of life," Jaquez said.

That's exactly what Patch is doing. Not only is she raising three children, but she also now works for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is taking part in an event this weekend. Bike MS raises awareness about the disease.

"I just want a cure so no one else has to go through what I have gone through and what others have gone through," Patch said.

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