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Wednesday, Mar 05 2014 12:25 PM

'First Look': MS survivor shares her story, fundraiser details

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    Chanel Prince, left, talks about living with multiple sclerosis with Christine Grontkowski of the local MS office on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

In 2009, Chanel Prince lost vision in one of her eyes. She could no longer recognize faces and experienced leg spasms as she walked down stairs. Her diagnosis -- multiple sclerosis.

"It was pretty scary," Prince said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox." Five years after being diagnosed with MS, Prince is an active volunteer with the local National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Joining Prince was Christine Grontkowski to talk about March MS Awareness month. MS is a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Grontkowski said there is no cure for MS but treatments can help maintain the body and stabilize the condition.

A turning point for Prince was switching her medication from shots to a pill. She had experienced side effects with other treatments, but the pill has really helped her, she said.

Prince's team, "Beating MS Since 2009, One Step At A Time" is hosting a sporting clay shoot fundraiser to benefit the National MS Society Southern California/Nevada Chapter.

Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m. March 15 at the Kern County Gun Club. Registration is $80. Lunch and raffles will be available.

For more information, call Darrin Armstrong at 565-4041.

 

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