Since he was a teenager, Peter Leeds has suffered painful attacks that render his hands and feet crippled and numb.
He had no idea he has multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that plagues the central nervous system, leading to physical and cognitive disabilities.
"I'd wake up and my toes and fingers would be numb," he said. "The numbness would creep up my legs, creep up my arms, until it took me over, making me numb from the neck down."
Suffering attacks at least once a year, it wasn't until four years ago, when Leeds was 31 years old, that he was diagnosed with MS.
Shortly after, as Leeds lay sobbing on the floor, his wife asked him if he was going to die.
He couldn't answer. He didn't know anything about the prognosis or treatments.
Leeds, a Toronto resident, has benign relapse-remitting MS, which is characterized by unpredictable, yet clear, attacks.
Symptoms can begin to appear over a few hours or days, and last for days or months. Between attacks, the body can recover almost completely.
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