Name: Luis Castañeda
Diagnosed: February 2005
Occupation: Restaurateur. I integrate healthy cuisine with Latin flavor—healthy with a punch.
Hobbies: I do a lot of cycling, which is what keeps me alive. I used to do kickboxing, but my career fell short. It’s not the best of things for my body.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: I’m on a committee to identify ways the Society can reach the Latino community. I give financially as much as I can. I’ve done the walk and bike events, which I really enjoyed. And I talk to people about MS.
What movement means to me: It’s a pretty powerful word, specifically for us who have been diagnosed with MS. For me it means being able to function in the world, and motivation to keep going.
One thing about MS I’d like to tell you: Everybody has recommendations and anecdotes, but it’s a very unique thing. I have to figure out what works for me, because what works for me is completely different from what works for everybody else.
One activity I see no need to ever do again as long as I live: Cave diving in Mexico. They have these million-year-old stalagmite and stalactite formations, but it’s very dark and very scary. I’d rather go anyplace in Europe.
What I’m doing: Contacting the local paper and chamber of commerce to see how we can raise awareness together.