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Stopping the Clock

A route to remission with multiple sclerosis.

Many people start their mornings easily or extend them by slamming the snooze button on their bedside clocks.

The same can’t be said for 32-year old Kevin Smith, a Red Oak High School alumnus, bodybuilder and motivational speaker, who begins his day with nearly 30 minutes of trying to slow time and force his mind and body onto the same page.

“I wouldn’t want my anyone to ever have to experience or live with this,” Smith said about his daily struggle with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), his hands clutching the metal fork until his knuckles turned white. “I wake up very slowly. It usually takes me 15-20 minutes to build up energy and get out of bed. Most people can just fly out of bed, but for me, it requires a great amount of focus. It’s like being an old man.”

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there are two types of multiple sclerosis classifications: RRMS and primary-progressive MS (PPMS).

While PPMS patients suffer from a steady worsening of their neurologic functioning without any distinct relapses or periods of remission, those who deal with RRMS receive unpredictable inflammatory attacks caused by activated immune cells that cause small, localized areas of damage which produce the symptoms of MS.

Read Full Article: Stopping the Clock – News – Waxahachie Daily Light – Waxahachie, TX

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