Despite multiple sclerosis, Arkansas man encourages others

In April 2020, George Michael Wright, Jr., was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). While the illness has changed his life forever, it also gave him a new purpose, KAIT-TV reported.

He experienced debilitating headaches that required 12 ibuprofen tablets daily to manage the pain. George also lost his career as a steel mill manager and was eventually confined to a wheelchair.

George came to faith two years before the diagnosis. But, it was during a trip to the hospital that he found his real purpose.

A dream told him to fight and from that moment, he started doing research. What George learned ultimately inspired him to launch the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness. He was determined to get people suffering from the illness together and socialize.

Through those activities, he discovered strength in a community of patients and their caregivers — and so did others who participated in the events.

“I think socializing with people with MS is a big part. I know it is for me. I was giving up before I started all of this,” George said. ‚ÄúThis chapter is also here for a purpose to help others that may be suffering more from a mental half of this disease. “

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