NASCAR driver and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But his doctors have cleared him to keep driving.
Trevor, who is 22 years old, wasn’t required to share his condition with the public, but he decided to anyway because “there are a lot more people in our community and in our world that can relate to somebody who is going through hard times and somebody who is winning races, who is winning championships, who has won the Daytona 500, who looks like he has it all together.”
Deciding to share an MS diagnosis is a very personal thing, but I’m glad that Trevor shared it. By doing so, hopefully this will bring more awareness to the disease that affects him every day. And again, like Jack Osbourne and Josh Harding, Trevor can show fans that an MS diagnosis is a life-changing event, not a life-ending event.
And while I’m all for awareness, I hope I don’t have to write another blog like this anytime soon.