Apr 01, 2013
Madison – Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and can stop people from moving. For some, this means living with unpredictable symptoms that can come and go, like numbness and blurred vision. For others, there is more permanent damage, like paralysis. For everyone impacted by MS, it means not knowing what the day will bring and always being prepared for the unexpected, making it difficult to move forward in life.
Madison resident, Daryl Bryant, was named the 2013 Walk MS Ambassador for the New Jersey Metro Chapter’s Walk MS event. Mr. Bryant, who has been living with MS for 11 years, will help to raise awareness of this devastating disease and the Walk MS fundraising event by sharing his story.
Daryl’s first symptoms started in 2002 when he was only 24 years old. He began experiencing some vision problems that came and went. Because these problems were not lasting he brushed them off. Later that year he, again, began having vision problems that eventually turned into extreme eye pain that never went away. After a visit to an eye specialist he was his eyes were fine. His pain and vision problems continued and in 2003 he visited a neurologist and was diagnosed with MS.
After that initial diagnosis Daryl chose to deny his symptoms and diagnosis. Fast-forward two years and his denial was over. Daryl ended up in the hospital from a severe MS exacerbation. Severe vertigo, nausea, visual impairment and the loss of his ability to walk kept in the hospital for 7 days. As often is the case with MS, his symptoms improved and he was allowed to go home when he was able to walk with aid of a cane. Once home, he spent a few days resting, and after a few weeks, he started to feel normal again.
Daryl’s MS could easily have stopped him in his tracks, but he choose to take a proactive role in his life and wellness. He took control, got on a disease modifying medication and changed his lifestyle, including diet, exercise, supplements, vitamins, and ultimately his mindset.
Today, Daryl is a happily married man and has just completed authoring his first book, “MS Living Symptom Free”. He is a new father, an entrepreneur, public speaker and a very active individual in his community who is living a happy, healthy and successful life with MS. Daryl’s goal is to inspire others, through his book, to achieve that same happy, healthy and successful life no matter what MS throws at them. Daryl says “I may not have been given a choice in the cards I was dealt, but I was certainly given the options in how to play them. I have elected to make certain that my MS does not rule my life. By making the right choices and changes every day, I have made sure that I am the one in control of my life.”
On Sunday, April 14 2013 Daryl will hit the trail to help create a world free of MS in the 2013 Walk MS event to be held in Roxbury at Horseshoe Lake Park. Roxbury is one of 12 Walk MS sites that the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society will run that day. The event will see over 12,000 participants with a goal of raising more than $2 million in an effort to create MS awareness, raise funds to support critical programs and services and help fund a cure.
For more information about Walk MS please contact: Jennifer Hivry at 800-344-4867 or visit http://walknjm.nationalmssociety.org. It’s not too late to join the movement.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society is a movement by and for people with MS. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education and provides programs and services that help people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.
Join the movement.
Find out more at nationalMSsociety.org/njm
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