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NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Tue, November 12, 2013 3:31pm EDT by 2 Comments
Trevor Bayne Multiple Sclerosis
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Trevor announced on Nov. 12 that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, vowing to continue to race in NASCAR despite his disease.

NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne isn’t going to let MS slow him down. In fact, Trevor, who says he is currently experiencing no symptoms, will still race in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway as planned on Nov. 16 and 17. Read on for more details.

Trevor Bayne: Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis Won’t Affect My NASCAR Career

Trevor, 22, is determined to not let his disease get the best of him. 

“There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible,” Trevor says in a statement. “As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Championship in 2014.”

This isn’t the first time the disease has touched Trevor’s life — his younger sister also has MS, according to People magazine.

MS is a potentially disabling disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Symptoms can be mild, such as fatigue, or severe, including paralysis or loss of vision. There is no cure, but treatment can help manage symptoms and reduce the progress of the disease. 

“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” Trevor says. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good.”

We love how positive and focused he is!

Trevor Bayne Hospitalized For ‘Inflammatory Condition’ In 2011

Trevor was sidelined for five races in 2011 after he was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic for what doctors later determined to be an “inflammatory condition.” Although he believed the condition may have been brought on by an insect bite, that was never officially declared the cause.

— Tierney McAfee

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