Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The cause is unknown, but in most forms of MS the body’s immune system attacks the nerve tissue in the brain and spinal cord.

In people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the immune system attacks the protective coating of nerve fibers, causing communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body.

Although there is currently no cure, this does not mean that a person diagnosed with MS cannot lead a normal life. There is no doubt that living with MS can be challenging, but several well-known celebrities who have MS have shown that with the proper treatment and disease management, people with MS can lead full and productive lives.


Famous faces with MS

Here are five examples of famous people who have continued to achieve following an MS diagnosis.

Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

Although MS ended Richard Pryor’s movie career, he continued to work as a comedian after his MS diagnosis.
Image credit: Alan Light, 1986.

When comedian Richard Pryor was diagnosed with MS in 1986, it was a surprise because at that time statistically, it was rare for African Americans to develop MS.

Though Pryor credited MS with ending his prolific movie career, he continued to perform his very popular comedy acts.

Even when finally confined to a wheelchair, he was able to find the comedy in his situation and make his audiences laugh.

Richard Pryor sadly died in 2005 after a heart attack, but he remains one of the most well-known celebrities to have lived his life to the full and maintained a successful career while having MS.

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