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April 24th, 2013

Middletown’s Thorn stays strong while fighting Multiple Sclerosis

The New York City-Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves 10,000 people living with MS and helps move their lives forward. Paul Thorn, 34, of Middletown, is one of the 10,000.

In 2012, Thorn was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. For this environmental consultant, "the constant changes with how I feel over the course of a single day" are a large part of the challenges MS has added to his life. According to Thorn, his symptoms have mostly been sensory issues and weakness in his legs.

"My right foot feels numb pretty much non-stop," he said. "But I also want to say that it’s not all doom and gloom. Looking at the big picture, there’s a lot going right for me in my life. I’ve got a great wife and a great family. Everybody has troubles... these just happen to be mine."

To cope, Paul utilizes the services of the New York City - Southern New York Chapter.

"The chapter has provided a support group that I attend monthly at Nyack Hospital. It’s helpful to have other people who are living with MS to talk to... especially as someone newly diagnosed," Thorn explained. "They’ve also sponsored an MS symposium put on by Mt. Sinai Hospital’s MS center that I found really helpful and informative."

On April 28th, Thorn and his team will participate in their first Walk MS - Orange County.

"My team is made up of my family from both my wife’s side and mine. They’ve really been fantastic throughout the past year, and have been there for me all the way," he said. "We call our team the "Gang of Thorns" playing off the books/HBO show. Maybe a bit geeky, but i think it’s important to have fun with the fundraiser and keep a sense of humor about ourselves."

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