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WHAT'S IN A NAME

David Lander has one simple request -- at least get the name of his disease right.

Lander, best known for playing Squiggy on the 1976-83 TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has been battling multiple sclerosis for the past 18 years.

"Even Michael J. Fox calls it 'muscular sclerosis,' " said Lander, who hid his illness until 1999 for fear that Hollywood would reject him.

Lander, 54, said he has a mild form of the disease, which attacks the central nervous system.

He gives himself a weekly drug injection and is annoyed with those who focus on a cure for MS at the expense of treatment.

"One of the great lies is the constant thing for (finding) the cure," Lander told the Arizona Republic. "What cures mine might not necessarily cure someone else's."

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