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Dustin Clark

The Mid America Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Kansas, Western Missouri, Nebraska and Pottawattamie County and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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Dustin Clark

I was diagnosed four years ago.  My wife was diagnosed in 1996.  Her MS didn’t deter me.  I was dating her, I wasn’t dating her disease.  It was just part of her.
 
When I received my MS diagnosis 4 years ago, I just started laughing.  The neurologist thought I was having a nervous breakdown.  I had been experiencing weakness and vertigo and I had been expecting it.  The absurdity of it just made me laugh.
 
Prior to my MS diagnosis, I was my son’s Cub Scout Den leader.  When he was six years old and we started cub scouts, I would have to carry all of the gear when we went camping.  Then I got diagnosed with MS.  My ability to be outside and do things with him became too painful.  The heat in Nebraska summers was just too much.  The last year I was able to go camping with him, I saw that six year old boy, who had become a young man, who at age 11 had to carry everything for his dad.  I had my cane and the hiking was so painful, the other dads had to help me.
 
I want the world to know that they shouldn’t write us off.  We’re not as helpless as most people think we are.  At work, I use a cane and yet, I choose to take the stairs.  Until the disease takes my legs, I’m going to keep walking those stairs.  And I’m going to keep working until I can’t work anymore.  I keep moving.  I keep living.
 
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