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Retired Pro Hockey Player Bryan Bickell Has a New Goal; Fighting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 13:11:29-04

Professional athletes prove to us that determination, resiliency, focus and teamwork are key on the playing field.

Former pro ice hockey star Bryan Bickell now knows firsthand that those traits also apply to living with a chronic medical condition.

Diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) in November 2016, Bryan wasn’t sure what to expect after learning of his condition, but he knew he had to stay positive and take action.

Encouraged by the unwavering support from his family, friends, teammates and doctor, Bryan now has one goal in mind – fighting relapsing MS and helping others in the MS community to do the same.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system that impacts 2.3 million people worldwide, often striking in the prime of life, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Approximately 85 percent of people are initially diagnosed with relapsing MS, which is the most common form of the disease.