RETIRED PRO HOCKEY PLAYER BRYAN BICKELL ON RELAPSING MS
Retired Pro Hockey Player Bryan Bickell Has a New Goal: Fighting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis
Professional athletes prove to us that determination, resiliency, focus and teamwork are key on the playing field. But former pro ice hockey star Bryan Bickell now knows firsthand that those traits also apply to living with a chronic medical condition.
Diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) in November 2016, Bryan wasn’t sure what to expect after learning of his condition, but he knew he had to stay positive and take action. Encouraged by the unwavering support from his family, friends, teammates and doctor, Bryan now has one goal in mind – fighting relapsing MS and helping others in the MS community to do the same.
Bryan shares more about his MS experience – including his relationship with his doctor, his treatment plan and the different ways he’s found support, while still being there for his family. He will be joined by an his doctor, Dr. Timothy Vartanian, who explains more about relapsing MS, its causes and symptoms and the importance of treatment. Bryan and Dr. Vartanian hope to inspire others impacted with MS to stay positive and fight for their own goals.
MS is a disease of the central nervous system that impacts 2.3 million people worldwide, often striking in the prime of life, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Approximately 85 percent of people are initially diagnosed with relapsing MS, which is the most common form of the disease.
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