As we have mentioned before on our Minneapolis Social Security disability law blog, multiple sclerosis is a serious and chronic condition that may cause some folks to become permanently disabled well before their retirement years.
Symptoms of MS may include reduced muscle strength, fatigue, vision loss, paralysis, and numbness in the limbs. The condition affects people in different ways. The condition may worsen and progress quickly, or it may affect individuals in attacks or relapses. When the condition causes workers to have to miss at least two days of work each month, workers may be considered disabled and eligible for disability benefits.
Being diagnosed with MS may be difficult for many folks to accept, especially those who are very active. But MS does not always result in a severe disability. There is currently no cure for MS, but some individuals are able to continue working while they cope with their symptoms if their symptoms are mild. According to reports, one man is still able to play basketball for the NBA even though he has been diagnosed with MS. The man is the first NBA player in history to be able to do so, though.
The NBA player, Chris Wright, is the only person who has been diagnosed with MS to play for the NBA. According to reports, Wright recently signed a contract to play for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA’s developmental league. Although he is still able to play basketball, the player has had to overcome some serious challenges after suffering an MS attack.
Initially, doctors told him he would never be able to play for the NBA, but the man has proven doctors wrong. After taking a few months off from playing basketball, the player has returned to the court and has a 10-day contract with the Mavericks. The player could experience relapses in the future, but Wright plans to pursue a professional career with the NBA as long as he is able to do so.
Source: Bleacher Report, “Chris Wright becomes first NBA player ever with multiple sclerosis,” Dan Favale, March 14, 2013