Back in 1996, country singer Clay Walker was just starting to reach new heights when he noticed something strange. His hands and one foot were tingling, while he also was dealing with facial spasms and vision issues. These are all quite typical symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), so he was duly worried and went to see his doctor. After testing, it was determined that Walker did indeed have MS and would in all likelihood be unable to walk within a few years and would pass away from MS a few years after that.
Walker tried a few drug treatments to no avail. He was ready to stop all forms of treatment when his doctor suggested that he try Copaxone, which has been found to somehow block myelin-damaging T-cells to protect nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Since he started Copaxone back in 1999, Walker has been free of any MS relapses.
In order to help raise funds and to further awareness about MS, Walker founded Band Against MS (BAMS) in 2003. According to the BAMS website, the organization works to “provide educational information for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, fund programs researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and fund programs helping those living with the disease.”
NTI wants to wish Clay Walker a happy birthday today and for years to come!
If you or someone you know is an American who has multiple sclerosis, and is collecting SSI or SSDI, we want to talk to you as we could help you get back into the workforce. All you have to do is reach out to us at www.nticentral.org/apply to get started.
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