Chris Nettleton: 'It's either a tumor or you have MS'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - KBOI Sports Director Chris Nettleton was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis five years ago. While his journey with MS hasn't always been easy, it has led to his family trying to help others.

Five years ago Chris couldn't figure out why his feet were going numb. After months of not finding answers he finally saw a neurologist who did an MRI.

"He looked at it and was like wow you have a really big spot on your brain it's either a tumor or you have MS," said Nettleton.

It turned out to be MS. Even with the diagnosis Chris and his wife Megan still considered themselves lucky.

That's Because he has relapsing/remitting MS which means the symptoms come and go. Unlike progressive MS which usually leads to losing mobility.

Although even in the five years since his diagnosis Chris has had the opportunity to see huge leaps in treatment including his own.

"More therapies are being created and now he can take a pill," said Megan. "But I still see know people who have tried all 10 therapies not a single one works and that's why it's important for us to create more."

The diagnosis even changed Megan's path because now she works for the MS Society and knows first hand her work is making a difference.

"It's an amazing feeling because it's so near and dear to my heart it's not like punching a time clock," said Megan. "He knows I work 24 hours a day seven days a week because it doesn't feel like work."

That doesn't always mean Chris's journey has been easy. He still has issues with balance which is tough for a guy who loves to play hockey.

Megan said on bad days he has problems with his short term memory.

Thankfully for Chris that hasn't happened in awhile which gives him more time to concentrate on the important things in life like family.