Reporter Turns MS Diagnosis Into Opportunity


Melissa Bilecky was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on Oct. 8 — one month and one day after the first time she began to experience symptoms. Bilecky recalls the moment, which took place just five days after she turned 22.

“I was sitting outside on my back deck,” Bilecky says. “I tried to move my right arm and it wouldn’t move like it should’ve. I got up and had difficulty walking and then I noticed I couldn’t feel anything on my right side. From my head to my toes. My neck, ear, face, torso.”

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Peace, love, toodles.