Betty Cuthbert is considered the golden girl of Australian athletics – she’s won more gold medals than any other Australian in Olympic history-four. In 1969, she was diagnosed with MS. She says she luckily hasn’t experienced any pain with the condition, but has loss of mobility. She has said “I’d like to be able to get up and walk, even run again, but I don’t concentrate on things I can’t do. I do what I can do.”
Comedian, creator and star of “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”, Jonathan says his symptoms began in 1996. Fatigue and other symptoms prompted him to visit a doctor. Following a year of tests, doctors confirmed that the comedian had multiple sclerosis. “I was so relived to finally put a name on this thing,” says Katz.
Best know as Squiggy from “Laverne & Shirley,” David announced that he has multiple sclerosis in 1999, after living with the condition for 14 years. He joined the National MS Society as an ambassador to increase awareness about MS and the Society—and demonstrate that you can enjoy a fulfilling career and active life despite having a chronic illness. In November 2000, David was named the National MS Ambassador of the Year.
David was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988 and lost the use of his legs in 1997. The former professional football player, who earned two Super Bowl rings in his seven years (1975-79 and ’83-84) with the Raiders, says “I have a lot to celebrate and nothing, not even for a moment, to feel bad about. I have lived the most blessed, the most incredible life that any person could ever ask to live. ”
The only person on the list not to have MS herself, Michelle’s father was diagnosed with MS when he was in his thirties. She says, “My Dad was our rock. Although he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his early thirties, he was our provider, our champion, our hero. But as he got sicker, it got harder for him to walk, it took him longer to get dressed in the morning. But if he was in pain, he never let on. He never stopped smiling and laughing — even while struggling to button his shirt, even while using two canes to get himself across the room to give my Mom a kiss. He just woke up a little earlier, and worked a little harder.”