Makes us stronger
Last updated: December 2015
I am determined not to let this disease define who I am, but it does define what I am fighting through my diet and exercise regimen. I love baseball (the Yankees), eating right and listening to music on my iPod. In 1996 I went to the state fair of Texas and went on a ride called the zipper that spun around really fast. My head did not stop spinning for days and I wound up in the ER with what was diagnosed as vertigo, was given a prescription for a motion sickness drug and sent back to work in the high stress world of stock trading. Fast forward to 1997 when I was playing baseball in the heat of TX when I started having trouble gripping the baseball. Thinking I had pinched a nerve somehow, I went to see a doctor who knew my history and that I was from the north he knew right away to order an MRI.
You can all figure out the rest of this story. After years without a relapse, I had a massive one. It put me in the hospital for over three weeks. Subsequently my wife took our daughter (who I haven't seen in years), took the half of our stuff that I nearly killed myself to earn and divorced me. I am currently back at my childhood home, working diligently on a happy ending to my story. On one of the first copies of my resume, I listed raising funds to help people fight this nasty disease, now I truly know how nasty it is.
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