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David was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984, Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody is his book about, you guessed it, MS. It shows how he hid his disease from the public for 15 years till 1999 when he revealed it to the press.
David Lander is now a spokesperson for the National MS Society (NMSS) and an advocate for those with MS. In the year 2000, he was named Ambassador of the Year by the NMSS for his “mission to promote the early intervention of treatment for people newly diagnosed with MS”.
Before he knew what he had, he described his MS symptoms like this in his book - Fall Down Laughing":
It seemed like my body was out of sync, like a badly dubbed Hercules picture. I could no longer trust it to follow the simplest instructions. On some days, crossing streets and climbing curbs became a challenge. On other days I would be okay. I knew something wasn't right, I just didn't know what it was called, if it was serious, or if it would ever go away.
On the days my body didn't listen, I told myself it was just one of those days, I didn't know what "one of those days" meant; nothing hurt, my body just wasn't working like it should. Then, without warning, I'd feel normal again. It was like living on a fault line. I knew a quake was coming, but I didn't know when it would erupt or how big the quake would be."
www.davidllander.com (will open in a new window).
Check out the link to his website above and to a video of an interview with him below. There are also many videos on YouTube where you can get a glimpse of the show, Laverne and Shirley.