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 FoxNews.com.
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
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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