January 12, 2017: In 1993, Clay Walker’s music career was taking off with his debut, “What’s It To You,” at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. He followed it up the next year with his single “Live Until I Die.”
But in 1996, his future seemed to darken when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide, but the symptoms are unpredictable and vary from person-to-person, and over time. Clay was told to expect to be in a wheelchair in 4 years, and dead in 8 years.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Clay discusses what it was like to receive that prognosis and then to defy it, learning to manage his chronic disease in order to pursue his career and his other passions. It’s a daily journey he takes with faith, appropriate medication, and a commitment to his physical therapy program.
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Clay Walker is a multiplatinum country music artist. Despite a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, he has continued touring and recording steadily and is well-known for his high-energy concerts and performance style. He founded the Band Against MS foundation in 2003, and has helped raise upward of $5,000,000 through charity performances, golf tournaments, bike rides, auctions, etc.
You can learn more about Clay Walker, information about his Band Against MS Foundation, as well as his upcoming tour dates at claywalker.com.