Stephen was 22 years old when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a life-long autoimmune disease that damages the central nervous system (CNS). Over time, damage to the CNS can cause physical disability and impair neurological functions like motor skills, thinking and vision.1
“I was in high school and my eyes just went really blurry one day and as the day went on, they were getting blurrier, and blurrier, and blurrier. I couldn’t see the words written in the books in front of me or what was written on the blackboard. I had blurry vision for six weeks and then it just came back on its own.”
From the age of 16, Stephen experienced a number of unexplained bouts of blurry vision, pins and needles, and problems with his balance and speech.
“All these thoughts were in my head: Am I crazy? Am I insane? Am I making it up? Am I lazy? Am I a superhero? When you can’t feel hot and cold and you can’t feel body parts, you have to think, ‘What else can I do?’”
He later found out that what he had been experiencing over the years were symptoms of MS.
“Finally, at 22, everything hit me all at once and I finally got that diagnosis, which was such a relief.”