Country crooner Clay Walker battles MS with wife by his side

Twenty years ago, country star Clay Walker was playing basketball with friends while on tour in Canada when he started feeling sick. He couldn’t keep his balance, was having trouble seeing and had numbness in his extremities. While he jokes that his original thoughts were that he had too much wine the night before, the reality was much more serious. Walker was suffering from symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, incurable disease that attacks the central nervous system.

“When I was first diagnosed I was told I’ll be in a wheelchair in four years and dead within eight,” Walker told

Walker didn’t take the devastating news at face value, and took advantage of new drugs and information that were becoming more widely available. He has now been relapse-free for 18 years.

Walker has sold over 11 million albums throughout his career, has 11 No. 1 singles to his name and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. In fact, he is getting ready to release his first album in over six years called “Long Live the Cowboy.”

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