There’s a lot that has been said about businessman-investor and football club chairman Tony Bloom. He’s one of the more notable figures in the investment and sports world that his name has been attached to risks and success, in that order. But that’s not what we’re about to discuss today. We’re here to tell the story of Tony and his affair with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Multiple Sclerosis is a rare degenerative condition that affects the central nervous system. It’s a crippling disease that can prove difficult to diagnose given that their severity and symptoms can vary from one patient to the other.
What happens is the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system. When a threat enters the body, it couldn’t differentiate them from the good cells and often end up damaging the nerves in the process. As this happens, the flow of information from the brain to and from the rest of the body is affected. Either the message does not arrive or it takes too long. For this reason, many bodily functions tend to fail for patients with MS.
To name some of the more common symptoms, there’s muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, numbness, vision problems, balance issues, memory loss, bladder problems, difficulty in moving one’s limbs, slurring, speech problems among others. Additionally, these can be coupled with several mental health issues such as anxiety and depression since MS tends to take away the ability to do the simplest of tasks from a person. As mentioned, the severity, frequency and combination of these symptoms vary from patient to patient. Others can have it worse. Some may experience them gradually and others all at once.
Despite today’s technological advancements, it’s one of those conditions that have no cure. There are treatments available but rather than remove the illness for good, it only works to lessen the impact of the symptoms, deter the relapses and prolong the life of the patient for as much as possible.
Tony Blooms wife of several years, Linda Bloom, who is an Australian-born psychologist has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than a decade ago. She’s been at her worst state but has managed to recuperate and take control of her condition after years of treatment and a lifestyle change.
Linda and Tony Bloom sought to help other patients that they established the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Foundation in 2011. They wanted to help them make better and informed decisions about their condition and that this battle is one fought together never alone.