Clay Walker is a bundle of positive energy exploding in a multitude of directions – he is in Houston training for a cutting horse competition, on his ranch reading bedtime stories to his daughters, and in a concert hall performing for his fans. The last thing Clay has time to do is get depressed about having relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Since 1996, he has had frequent reminders that he was a little different – a laziness in his right leg, tingling in his right hand, and tiredness when he wished he could do one more thing. Rather than dwell on what he couldn’t do, he chose to focus on getting the most out of everything he still has, and living by the creed of his chart-topping hit – Live, Laugh, Love.
In the United States, more than 65 million people act as a caregiver for a loved one. One of those caregivers is Jessica Walker – wife of Clay Walker. In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, Jessica and Clay are sharing what caregiving means to them and provide some helpful tips for others.
With the support of his wife, Clay has kept touring and recording steadily since he was diagnosed. He is well-known for his high-energy concerts and performance style. Knowing that others with MS have not been so lucky led him to the decision to form the Band Against MS Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making information about living with MS available and providing funding for research. Clay and Jessica, through their website, www.bandagainstms.org, are encouraging others to tell their inspirational stories as part of the “Share How You Care” campaign, to shine a spotlight on the importance of caregivers.