Hockey player announces his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The team sent out a release announcing that the forward, who was acquired last summerin a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, will take some time off to figure out his next steps medically and in his career.
“First and foremost, the most important thing is for Bryan to take care of himself and our thoughts are with him and his family,” general manager Rob Francis said. “He will need to take some time to rest in the immediate future, and we will support him as he takes the necessary steps for his health. We ask that his privacy be respected during the process.”
The 30-year-old Bickell had struggled with health issues since the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he missed time with what he believed was vertigo. Bickell said since that point he had been trying to figure out lingering health issues.
“Since the 2015 playoffs, I’ve been struggling to understand what was going on with my body. Again during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn’t right,” Bickell said. “Obviously this is a bit of shock for my family and me, but I am hopeful I will be able to return to the ice and continue playing the game that I love.”
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