The latest episode in our Resilience Unravelled series has now been released, Resilience Unravelled – From Talking to writing. Dealing with the effects of Multiple Sclerosis.
In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks to Kim Curry who was a radio broadcaster for 33 years before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS then took control of his body and life for 12 or 13 years before a change of medication started to level his condition out. Since then, he has started writing and has published two books.
Kim is now based north of Denver Colorado but as a child moved around the country due the requirements of his Father’s naval career. They ended up in Colorado where his Father was instrumental in getting Kim’s first radio job on the local station. He had spells at several different stations but when he was based in Knoxville Tennessee he sent out some audition tapes. One of them ended up at a station in Miami Florida where he was hired as a DJ. Then, over the years, he developed his career to become Programme Director.
In 2004 Kim visited his Mother in Colorado and she alerted him the fact that something was wrong with his walking. Three months of testing followed before he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After he received the diagnosis he and his wife found out as much as they could about the condition. They came to the conclusion that Kim needed to retire immediately from his role heading up the station.
MS causes lesions appear on the brain. It affects people differently depending on what part of the brain the lesion is near. In Kim’s case the lesions affect the adrenalin segment of his brain. Every time adrenalin runs, his body goes into seizure. Kim now realises that he had been having MS exacerbations for many years but didn’t realise what they were. An exacerbation is a sudden episode of a new symptom or a worsening of an existing one. Symptoms include blurred vision, dizziness, numbness, pain, tiredness or weakness
At the time of his diagnosis there were only five drugs available to treat MS. Ten years after his initial diagnosis Kim’s doctor found a new medication he thought could help. Kim changed his medication and also added Vitamin D to his treatment plan. This regime levelled off his condition and he then started working on rewiring his brain. The aim was to write his first book.
When he started writing, he realised the difference between talking on the radio and putting words down on paper. To help, he hired a writing coach who recommended a book called ‘Save the cat strikes back’. He found this really helpful to the writing process. After six months of research and six months of writing he self-published his book ‘Come Get Me Mother I’m Through’. Since then Kim has written a second book ‘The Death of Fairness’. This is about the effect of the FCC rescinding the “Fairness Doctrine” in 1986 which eliminated the requirement to broadcast “contrasting points of view” on American TV and Radio.
Kim thinks the love and support of his wife along with his optimistic outlook and attitude has been key in helping him to embrace the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis and that life can be good even in the face of adversity.
You can find out more about Kim at www.krcurry.com/
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