I’ve played hockey my whole life. That was the only thing I knew how to do. To play hockey, you need to know 100% what your body’s doing, but I reached a point where my body was doing things I didn't understand. I was at practice one day when I felt a pinch in my legs, so I got off the ice and told my trainers about it.
The feeling actually started weeks before when I slept on my shoulder. I woke up and felt a pinch there, so I thought, “Okay, whatever. I’ll ice it.” But then the pinch came back and went farther down my arm. I thought that was kind of weird, but then the feeling would go away for weeks before it came back and went to my legs. Then came that day on the ice when I knew something was wrong.
I didn’t really know much about MS until I was diagnosed. You don’t really know a lot about it if you don’t know anyone who has it, of course. I need to focus on what's really important now. I have 2 young girls, and I have a wife. When you get a curveball like this thrown into your life, you think about your family and your health and, for me, life after hockey. What will that look like? That’s a lot of thoughts to go through, but the biggest thing now is to have a happy life after hockey and to be there for my wife and my girls.
Bryan's experience is unique, and yours might be different.