At the finish of every race, she staggers and crumples.
Kayla Montgomery is a a high school track star in North Carolina. Kayla Montgomery has early-onset multiple sclerosis. The two are apparently related.
Because M.S. blocks nerve signals from Montgomery’s legs to her brain, particularly as her body temperature increases, she can move at steady speeds that cause other runners pain she cannot sense, creating the peculiar circumstance in which the symptoms of a disease might confer an athletic advantage.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar
on Mar 5, 2014 -
Have a seizure.
The non-disabled can have a lot of trouble coming to grips with a friend's disability, especially if it's something that doesn't show up well from the outside. As the writer puts it, "... she knows I have MS, but she's never actually seen my disease, and there are miles between those two things." There are a whole host of bad ways for someone to react to seeing the disease. And then there are the good ones.
posted by MShades
on Apr 20, 2012 -
A quiet revolution is taking place in the multiple sclerosis community. Long thought of as purely an autoimmune disease, possibly secondary to Epstein-Barr virus
infection or even an STI
, MS has never been pinned down to a single cause. Now things are changing, in a big and bloody way: MS appears to be related to abnormalities in veins. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte
on Jul 12, 2009 -
Richard Horne, better known as Harry Horse, died this weekend.
This news is more prominent in the UK than in the US, but Harry Horse (MySpace)
was not only a writer and illustrator of children's books
, but he also designed video games
and drew striking political cartoons
. In the 80's he played with a band called Swamptrash
(listened to but unavailable on LastFM
), whose other members eventually went on to form Shooglenifty
. Tragically, Richard's wife Mandy developed Multiple Sclerosis
, and eventually became confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. Rather than live without her, he chose to help her die and then take his own life, possibly reigniting the discussion
in the UK about euthanasia
posted by Medieval Maven
on Jan 11, 2007 -