Ann Romney Shares her Health Scares with MS

When we’re young we have no idea what’s coming down the road for us. I’m quite sure we’ve all experienced health problems–that come with mortality. Ann Romney has multiple sclerosis–MS. I’ve always heard it’s a terrible disease and yet I see her so strong — talking and handling what I would consider a super-stressful situation.

In an interview, Ann Romney shared that she had a “health scare” on super Tuesday. She became aware that her MS was causing trouble. She noticed having trouble getting her words out, and feeling a little off-balance, starting to stumble.

 “I didn’t tell anybody I was tired. I just kept going. I had a little bit of a scare. I start to almost lose my words. I can’t think, I can’t get words out, I start to stumble a little bit. Those things were happening, and I thought, uh oh, big trouble.”

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It affects more women than men, and typically between the ages of 20 to 40. MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve signals slow down or stop. The nerve damage is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord.

Symptoms vary, because the location and severity of each attack can be different. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months. These episodes alternate with periods of reduced or no symptoms (remissions). Fever, hot baths, sun exposure, and stress can trigger or worsen attacks.

There are no known cures, only some therapies to help. I have heard Ann thank the people who pray for her. I believe in the prayers of others. Confession: I’ve forgotten to pray for her. (There’s a little Jewish thought, that if you pray for others, your own prayers will be answered.)

About Super Tuesday, Ann said she pushed on, and told no one. Isn’t that how we often do it? We don’t tell, we push through and hope and pray it will all be ok. And somehow we get stronger. But it isn’t easy. Some have tough health burdens to carry.

Ann and Mitt Romney, the younger years:

Ann and Mitt Romney with their five sons:
Four Sons on the Campaign trail:

  • Rozy Lass

    I pray for Bro. & Sis. Romney every day. I want them to succeed! Thanks for sharing this personal information. A sister in our branch has MS and she struggles when teaching a lesson to get words out. She told us that once you loose capacity (especially in the brain) it doesn’t come back. Scary. I’m going to keep praying.

  • Sverrir

    Where do you get this knowledge from about MS? there are no such explanation for MS such as lack of B12 so please read

  • deila

    Good question, I have looked up some research:

    In the 2005 Journal of Neurological Sciences there is an article explaining that B12 deficiency and MS share common neurodegenerative characteristics, and some people with MS have had a deficiency in B12, but not everyone with MS.

    Another 2009 scientific article addresses this as well: