Thursday, February 3, 2011

A devastating diagnosis

Julie Beun, Postmedia News · Monday, Jan. 31, 2011:

Luigi Caprio may not look like it, but he's a bit of a rarity.

It's not his love of computers or music that sets him apart. Nor it is his large and loving family in Montreal.

Rather, the 24-year-old LaSalle College computer science student is a kind of medical anomaly. Not only does he have multiple sclerosis, he developed it when he was just nine years old.

While his friends played hockey, attended school and “got into trouble,” says his mother Angie, Caprio was fighting battles of his own. Although no one realized it at the time, his first symptom was a headache that literally lasted for months and left him out of school, unable to walk or stand properly. Uncertain as to the cause — one neurologist thought it was viral encephalitis — he was given simple painkillers as treatment.

“I still remember now how much it hurt,” he recalls. “Nothing really helped, it was terrible.” Read more>>

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