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Courtney Dunithan

More than two million people suffer from Multiple Sclerosis around the world.

The severity of it depends on a case-by-case basis, but it's still something people are working to raise awareness for. On Wednesday, 5 News spoke to doctors to find out more about it, and someone who has it to hear how it impacts her life.

There's no complete cute for it, but doctors are still working to lessen its impact on the world's population.

"Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord," said Javier Gonzalez, an assistant professor in the neurology department at WVU. "Your body turns on itself and attacks specific areas of your brain and spinal cord."

"It's mostly a clinical diagnosis that is supported with the use of technology," Gonzalez added.

Courtney Dunithan was diagnosed eight years ago, and it started with immediate symptoms.

"One time I lost mobility from everything below my bellybutton," Dunithan said. "Another time I lost sight in both of my eyes. Others have been very minor types of relapses."

She told us it was an early diagnosis, and from there, she explained how she has fought through the obstacle.

"It took a very long time to be OK with that diagnosis," she said. "To be able to tell people, yes I have this chronic illness, and not be afraid that they thought that I was an unhealthy individual because I am healthy to the eye."

She says being proactive about it has helped not just her, but others who have suffered from it.

"I think the best thing we can do is spread awareness and talk about it and be comfortable with saying, yes, I do have MS, and this is the way it affects me, so each year, I participate in the Walk MS."

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