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April 30, 2013

MS sufferer graduates from college after 10-year battle

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ANDERSON, Ind. — Tysabri and Yoga help

Since there’s no known cure for MS, “all we can do is treat the symptoms,” said registered nurse Roxanne Kluesner, who coordinates the clinic. “Some people see improvement, but for the most part, the goal is just to keep it in check.”

Wilson’s been through a battery of medications, eventually settling on one called Tysabri. “It’s been pretty good,” Kluesner said, when combined with other lifestyle changes such as avoiding stress and keeping the body temperature cool.

“Yoga is also really helpful,” Wilson said, although she can no longer do soccer, track, softball, karate, or any of the many other sports she once played due to the risk of relapse.

“It’s an ongoing battle,” Wilson said, “But over all, things seem to be pretty controlled.”

Where once she was down to one or two classes per semester, she’s now up to four, centering on risk management, insurance and finance.  Wilson had to abandon her dream of practicing medicine for fear of an unexpected flare-up.

But even if it’s not exactly what or when she’d originally wanted, Wilson said the fact she’s finally graduating is a huge accomplishment.

“There have been times when I wanted to give up,” she said. “But my family, all of them here at the clinic, they helped me. They were here in the tough times. I can’t even express how much I owe much them.”

Like Baylee Pulliam on Facebook and on Twitter @BayleeNPulliam, or call 648-4250.

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