My name is Tristan WilliaMS, I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis since 2009 and I am also honoured to say that I am a 2x cancer survivor. At the age of 12 I found a lump in my neck which was later diagnosed as thyroid cancer. After two successful surgeries, and a blast of radioactive iodine, I rejoiced with my family as the doctors told us that it was finally over.
At the age of 19 I was preparing to begin my first semester of college and I was excited to begin the next chapter of my life. However, my excitement was short lived. I began to fall and experience numbness throughout my legs. After many months of searching for answers, my neurologist diagnosed me with Multiple Sclerosis. I had no idea what Multiple Sclerosis was; never mind all of the subsidiary issues that would also come along with this diagnosis. I struggled to find support with peers in my situations; so with the help of my dear friend and nurse Jennifer Doran, we created The Road to You MS Support Group and The Tristan WilliaMS Foundation to raise awareness and develop a sense of community amongst my peers.
As I juggled both managing my disease and my personal endeavours, I was diagnosed with cancer for a second time. I underwent surgery to remove my right hip and replace it with a titanium prosthesis to rid the cancer from my bone. As I learned to walk again and fought to regain my mobility and sense of identity, I promised myself that I would find the strength to achieve the health and wellness that I knew I deserved. I also knew that this fight would not be in vain.
Today, I am taking the steps to empower myself as well as the people that surround me. I thrive on leading by example, and I use my unique experience to inspire and motivate not only myself but my peers on our journey towards health and wellness.
My name is Tristan Williams and I am a Survivor!
2011 – Guest blog for Race to Erase MS – http://erasems.org/news/2011/nov/18/-guest-blog/
2012 – Race to Erase MS follow up blog. – http://www.erasems.org/news/2012/nov/18/november-18th/
2012 – Contributing author of MS-My Story a Collection of Inspirational Voices. – http://www.twmsf.com/?page_id=6755
2013 – Participant of Mcgill University’s research study – The Role of Exercise in Modifying Outcomes for People with Multiple Sclerosis.
2013 – Participant of Mcgill University’s First Year Patient program for medical students.