Meet Walk MS Grand Forks Ambassador Jim Arneson,
diagnosed in 2000
Jim Arneson was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 after experiencing symptoms for nearly 30 years, and this year, he’s participating in Walk MS for the first time. Although Jim has not participated in a Walk MS event himself, his son has participated in a walk in Fargo and the MuckFest MS event in the Twin Cities and has found them to be positive and enjoyable experiences.
There are many aspects of MS that Jim wishes people could understand, but the one thing about MS is that it presents itself in many ways, everyone experiences their own limitations many of them unseen.
Shortly after being diagnosed, Jim was contacted by the unit he had served with in Vietnam. Through this group, he became aware of another member who was diagnosed with MS. They were able to correspond just briefly before he passed away. Through talking with him, Jim learned that because of MS he had been able to meet people throughout the world via the internet and value from experiences shared that wouldn’t have been possible without his diagnosis of MS. Jim has found these relationships to be very important and wants to continue to build connections and spread awareness.
Jim has been employed as a social worker and a vocational rehabilitation counselor for more than 35 years and is aware of community resources that many may not be aware of. The same hold true for veterans. Jim wants to use these resources to help share his story and be a contributing part of creating a world free of MS. Jim can also offer hope, as two years ago, he was predominantly using a wheelchair at work. Today, Jim only uses a walking stick to aid his walking. This is due to advances being made through research and why Walk MS and other fund raising activities are so important.
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Walk MS 2013
Join Jim and thousands of others by getting involved in Walk MS. To learn more, register or donate, visit myMSwalk.org.