People in Oregon who have multiple sclerosis know that many aspects of day-to-day life that people take for granted can be rather daunting. In many cases, it keeps people from working and requires them to rely on Social Security disability benefits to get by. However, for people who are young, an early diagnosis can lead to a good understanding of what is possible in the immediate and distant future.
MS is an unpredictable disease that affects different people in different ways. For many people, it means frequently feeling tired and being in pain. For people who are in the throes of the disease, it could be a real source of inspiration to see someone with MS being active and able to overcome his condition and compete with world-class athletes.
Such is the situation for Chris Wright, who recently signed a short-term contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Wright, who played at Georgetown University and a team in Turkey before joining the NBA’s Development League, began experiencing pain and numbness when he was playing with the Turkish team last year. After multiple trips to doctors, he was finally diagnosed with MS. Initially he was told by doctors there that he would be unable to play basketball again; however, after persevering and staying relatively healthy, Wright was able to catch on with the Iowa Energy; he was recently called up to the Mavericks.
While Wright’s story is an inspiring one, many people with MS are unable to work due to their illness. People who can’t work due to illness or disability may wish to speak with an experienced attorney to help them apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Source: ESPN Dallas, “Wright first known NBAer with MS,” Tim MacMahon, March 14, 2013