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Kevin Byrne - Stories About Living with Multiple Sclerosis

As a West Point graduate, Kevin Byrne entered into military service as a strong minded and physically fit individual with dreams of anything is possible. He served as a Captain in Army Aviation flying helicopters and commanded a maintenance Cav Troop in Korea. His life changed in 1999 when he started experiencing vision problems and numbness in his arms. The articles below are his stories about "living with MS."

Kevin shares, "I like to think of myself as a strong person. I’m the one who stands straight when dealing with adversity; there to support the ones who ‘really need the help’. My MS proves that’s not true. It reminds me how much I lean on others and how much others carry me, support me and give me the strength to keep moving forward." We thank him for sharing his personal stories with other Veterans who are living with MS.

BikeMS 2016 - Little Dreamer - Running: For both Eleanor and me, that's our dream. I want to win. She wants to see me try.

Stand By You - The littlest caregiver brings joy and love.

Don't Pity That Man - That man who suffers isn't suffering at all. I assure you. He is grateful, for he has a chance. He is thankful you are with him.

I've Got Something to Say - I'm not sure how this battle will end, but as long as I don't fade away, I've already won the war.

I Can Feel Myself Becoming Right Handed - I will learn to become right-handed. After all, how hard can that be? 

Want to - The MS Ride is my form of leadership and motivation, celebrating our collective efforts to make multiple sclerosis a distant memory.

Angel's Rest Revisited - Taking friends along helps him climb mountains and strengthens the spirit. 

Tracking My MS - Using an analytical approach to mapping MS good days and bad, Kevin discovers a pattern of engaging in daily exercise and having a good diet can impact his body in a positive way.

Taking Life Back (Turning off the TV)! - Inspired by Shannon Polson, Kevin becomes an avid reader using a creative approach.

I Didn't Know How to be Disabled - Kevin addresses what does being disabled mean--what does it look like or feel like.

Prologue - The lessons learned from West Point are as relevant today as in 1993: Never stop never quit.

Living with MS in 2014 - LIFE can throw surprises at you faster than you think you can handle them….until you handle them.

How to Put Your Pants On - Kevin says that putting on pants are pretty good barometer for his disease.

Everything Changes - Going through unchartered territory in 2014 as MS changes from RRMS to Progressive MS.

What's It Like to Have MS? - MS symptoms change from day to day, maybe a better title would be, What's it like right now for me to have MS?

Hey Brie... - A lot of couple conversations are about MS, but you need to make time to say "I Love You."

MS and the Hover Button - The "hover" is the most important maneuver in flying helicopters. Finding the "hover" in life requires constant diligence.

What Else Can I Do? - "I’m no way near where I was even last year, but I am doing what I can!"

Good Days - Looking to see how to put a string of good days together

Sometimes - The waxing and waning of MS has added value to the word "sometimes"

Reality - The progression of MS has changed his body but not his spirit

Welcome back, my friend! - Living by a new set of rules: The new "normal"

The Never Ending Battle - Goals, set-backs, motivation and moving forward

Guys' Weekend - Bo, Ho, and Dougie: Army buddies to life buddies

Welcome Home - from my Army family to my new VA family

Angel's Rest - mountain hiking in the Columbia River Gorge

Words - the new vocabulary of MS

Adjustments, Concessions and Embracing the New (aka, "My Bicycle") Part II - adding a trike to the adventure

Spa Day at the VA - connecting MRIs and a day at the spa

I Drool (and other quirks of my MS) - looking at MS symptoms with a sense of humor

Fate, Circumstance and MS - addressing life and its challenges with acceptance

Limitations - a story about climbing Mount Rainier and other adventures

Tools for Rewiring My Body - understanding miracles

Sharing My MS with Others

Thank you Top!

Never Stop, Never Quit

Laugh Until It Hurts

Living with Injections