TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Pam Grimes spends a lot of time doing “dry and bossing”.
It was a hobby that he never thought of taking.
But he also never thought he would live with multiple sclerosis.
This is an unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system.
“I’m basically on a short circuit so messages to my brain reach my feet especially not to my feet. So I didn’t walk and I haven’t done it for a long time,” Grimes said.
Grimes is now bound to a wheelchair and will be for the rest of his life.
He was diagnosed with m-s in 1992 on his 10th wedding anniversary.
“Tears cry at first and things you can’t do, I won’t go here, I won’t do that but there are many things I can still do,” Grimes said.
There is no cure for this disease.
“So there are 10,000 people at least in the state that has MS, there are almost one million people in the US,” Grimes said.
That is what drives him and others to find a cure.
He works with National Multiple Sclerosis Society to increase alertness.
Grimes said his future was uncertain, but he believed there was light at the end of this tunnel.
“I can say oh wow it’s me, but that won’t make me feel better and it won’t make you feel better so it’s like forgetting yourself and going out there and doing,” Grimes said.
Grimes said the disease was not genetic and the cause was still unknown.
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