College Student determined to graduate despite recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Anthony Stidam, age 20, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis July 22, 2015, but he refuses to let the disease to keep him from graduating from college and pursuing his goals of graphics and website design.

Anthony Stidam was working in Clemson, South Carolina last summer when he noticed a headache on the left side of his head and then his left eye became blurry, to ensure it was nothing seriously wrong he went to the emergency room.

The doctors conducted an MRI on his brain and the results showed spots on his brain. The doctors in South Carolina could not determine what was causing the spots and what they were on his brain.

Stidam returned home to Washington, D.C. where he would seek answers from the doctors at Georgetown University Hospital. The doctors conducted another MRI to find the same results in spots on his brain. The doctors informed Stidam he had multiple sclerosis (MS).

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.”

Stidam has symptoms that most patients encounter from MS, blurry vision and numbness in limbs. Stidam admits his lifestyle will not be the same due to MS, but he refuses to let the disease divert him from his goals.

Stidam said, “This is my last year of college, and it (MS) won’t stop me.”

Michael Spruel, a registered nurse at Florida Hospital, said, “In my experience with patients who have Multiple Sclerosis it is a disease very difficult for them to deal with; but a positive attitude is needed to be productive in life with it.”

Stidam is scheduled to graduate from Claflin University this May of 2016.

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