A local chiropractor guides a group of walkers on Sunday to support the study of multiple sclerosis – a disease he has been struggling with for nearly seven years.
I felt that something was wrong in my body. – Keith Moore, Ottawa Chiropractor with Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. Keith Moore was diagnosed with autoimmune disease in May 2011 after repeatedly falling hockey.
Typically, the unpredictable disease causes extreme fatigue, coordination disorders, mood swings, weakness, blurred vision, slurred speech, tremors, and other symptoms.
"In the beginning I was devastated … I do not know why, but we all think that nothing will happen to us," Moore told CBC Radio In Town and Out Saturday. 1
Moore said the journey to overcome the initial shock and disparity was a long one. After three to five years, he said, he could finally learn what his limits were and how to overcome them.
He continues to practice chiropractic and has his own chiropractic office.
Canada has one of the highest rates
Despite the rainy and cool Sunday forecast, Moore and his team are still planning to join the MS Walk.
Since 2012, they have made more than $ 30,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, making the team one of the best employees of the Ottawa Chapter Society
The money will be research and services related to multiple sclerosis support in the country.
"All those plans we had for the future initially think that's not going to happen anymore," Moore said. "You start to think the worst, and that's not necessarily the way to do it."
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with 100,000 people living with the disease – about one in 340 Canadians.
"The MS walk is a chance for me to return," said Moore. "I'm very involved in fundraising, it's a chance to give back to research, it's a time to give something back to all support groups."
The hike leaves Tunney's Pasture at 11 pm on Sunday. The teams drive either 2.5 or 5 kilometers.