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Runner’s Challenge: Multiple Sclerosis

Runner’s Challenge: Multiple Sclerosis

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The challenge MS presents for runners.

Seth Matheson spent four years starting for the soccer team at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Then he began having problems with his right leg. “It would just stop working,” says Mr. Matheson, an account executive at Bowdoin Group, an executive search firm in Wellesley, Mass. “It got to the point where I couldn’t run, and if I did, I’d fall down.” In 2003, at age 23, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS causes the immune system to attack the central nervous system, and affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. After his diagnosis, Mr. Matheson, who is now 28, was first upset. Then he became determined to run again. – From WSJ