'We're all doing what normal people do, because it's life'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - This week is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.

And if you notice some of the KBOI 2News personalities wearing orange, that's because MS hits close to home here at our station.

You may know Chris Nettleton for being on the news every night.

But now, he wants you to know him for something else: his own battle with MS.

Besides being our sports director and friend on the anchor desk, he's also a loving husband and devoted father.

"I'm not, i guess, the person that people think of when they say 'oh that guy has MS' and I just want people to know that there are a lot of people that have MS and we're all doing what normal people do, because it's life and that's what you do," Chris says.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, including the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord.

Chris says the path to diagnosis wasn't easy.

It was December of 2008. He knew something was wrong.

"I was having dizzy spells and numbness in my feet and for a guy who likes to play hockey that's annoying because I'm a goalie and I'm not feeling the same balance as before," he says.

The diagnosis was tough to take, but also brought peace of mind.

"I remember feeling relieved that I didn't have cancer or something and I also felt relieved that I knew what was causing all the stuff that was going on with my body."

Chris says the toughest part is watching those who love you learn to deal with MS.

"I had to have my wife Megan give [injections] to me, and she did not want to give them to me at all," Chris says. "In fact, the first time that she gave me the injection, I was actually consoling her because she was crying."

But the diagnosis also brought motivation to not wait around on life.

"My wife and I decided let's go and have a baby. We wanted to have a baby at some point, this just was a kick in the butt to have one earlier than later because i don't know what will happen in the future."

Quinlan entered their lives two years ago.

"I really feel like I need to be out there," says Chris. "I'm really happy to be in this position where it brings a little more awareness to it."

Knowing his family, including those of us at KBOI 2News are there every step of the way.

There is no cure for MS. Only eight FDA approved medicines can help slow its progression.

Chris started with an injection. He now takes a pill everyday and says that's really improved his quality of life.


The annual MS Walk is Saturday, April 21st.

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