WILMINGTON -- Multiple Sclerosis can be a crippling disease, attacking the central nervous system. But one local woman is battling MS and winning. Christy Demory is living with MS. By looking at Demory you would never know she had multiple sclerosis. "I had an occurrence two years before I was diagnosed where my vision just became blurry for three or four days. It cleared up so I just didn't think anything else about it." In the spring of 2000 Demory had an even more disturbing experience. "I noticed that one side of my face wasn't working, so that when you'd go to brush your teeth you only have half of a smile and noticed that I didn't have hearing in one ear." Her fears were confirmed -- she had an MRI and was diagnosed with MS. "I remember taking my engagement ring and giving it to my fiancé and telling him, 'You don't need to marry me because I've got this disease and you could be pushing me around in a wheelchair in five years.'" Her fiancé became her husband aAnd he never left her side, even when the MS symptoms were at their worst. "The hearing loss didn't really bother me, I could use another ear. The facial paralysis would be something we would just joke about. It was the more personal part of not being able to move or do anything that bothered me." But it wasn't long before Demory was back on her feet and began beating the disease. "By getting onto a therapy early I was able to take control, or at least feel like I'm taking control, over the process of the disease." Though she can no longer practice law Demory is still dedicating her life to helping others. She works with others who have MS. "We go out as patient ambassador and work one on one with newly diagnosed and not so newly diagnosed patients." She says her life changed for the better. She now focuses her energy on what she says is really important: friends and family.
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