Multiple sclerosis is usually considered to be a disease of young adults. But about five per cent of people with MS are diagnosed before their 18th birthday.
After a series of misdiagnoses, 15-year-old Alexis Niemeyer ended up in the ICU at Health Sciences North and was air-lifted to SickKids Hospital in Toronto in December, where she was ultimately diagnosed with MS.
Alexis spent nearly three months in hospital with her mom Sheila by her side. This determined Sudbury teen had to re-learn how to speak and walk, and she's currently undergoing a new treatment in hopes of preventing any future relapses.
Alexis and Sheila recently returned home. Watch as we surprised them both with some much-needed R&R.
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- Is a quiet hero giving tirelessly of their time and energy to positively impact the well-being of the community?
- Is making a profound impact through acts of courage, compassion, selflessness or sacrifice despite their own challenges?
- Has been faced with a painful loss or faced multiple challenges?
- Is experiencing financial hardships despite determined efforts to overcome them?
- Has been diagnosed or living with a debilitating illness and requires assistance?
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