I am a huge hockey fan (Go Red Wings!) so when I heard that goalie Josh Harding of The Minnesota Wild was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I knew I needed to write about it. He has not let his diagnosis change anything. He is still out there on the ice playing professional hockey. I believe he knows his days are numbered so he probably wants to play the game for as long as he can and from what I can see he is still an amazing goalie. Some of the saves that he makes on the ice are ones that make you question how he could have possibly got there to stop the puck, but he did.
He seems to have his good days and his off days but that is something that all players go through. I think it is amazing to see that he did not let such a scary diagnosis bring him down. From all of the quotes I have read in articles and listened to in videos he is just pushing himself even harder.
“It would make me happy to overcome this – not just overcome this, but to really succeed with it. I don’t want people treating me different. I don’t want people feeling bad for me.” – Josh Harding
What is MS?
Since I have gone on and on about Josh Harding it’s time for me to tell you what MS actually is. MS is a completely uncontrollable and unpredictable debilitating disease that affects your Central Nervous System which consists of your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves (nerves for your eyes). Due to it affecting all of these things it can cause anything from numbness in the limbs (like it can do with CMT) to paralysis and possible loss of vision.
MS is different from CMT because it is not caused from a problem with the chromosomes; it is an auto immune disease that attacks the myelin (the protective cover around the nerve) of the Central Nervous System which causes damage and creates the symptoms that I discussed above.
Do you know anyone with MS?
I have known a few people with MS and have watched them deteriorate. It is hard to watch but some of them can be the bravest people out there.