Ann Romney kept a flare-up of her multiple sclerosis quiet during the primaries so it wouldn’t worry her husband and said it served to remind her that she can no longer “keep up the pace,” she said in an NBC’s “Rock Center” interview.
The flare-up gave her a scare and the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said she avoided telling her husband or anyone else during “such a crazy time.”
“It was such a crazy time, and I didn’t want to have anyone worrying about me, especially Mitt. I didn’t tell anyone, but I knew I had to quit,” Ann Romney said on the show.
MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. About 200 new cases are diagnosed every week, according to the National MS Society. It strikes more women than men, and is often diagnosed between ages 20 and 40.
She was diagnosed with MS in 1998, and said the flare-up served as a “reminder that I can’t keep up the pace.”
“I started feeling tingling and a little bit of numbness coming back and I was dizzy, I started to get dizzy, the dizzy head, you caught the MS fog, the real foggy brain,” she said.
Ann Romney’s openness about her struggles with multiple sclerosis has cheered MS patient advocates who say her experiences have raised awareness along with the hopes of the estimated 400,000 Americans who have the disease.
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