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Cavuto Defies MS

He memorizes each show’s script in case an occasional loss of vision renders him unable to read the teleprompter:

Ten years later, [Fox News anchor Neil] Cavuto both accepts his MS and defies it. Doctors marvel at his MRI scans because they indicate a man unable to walk or talk. Yet while he sometimes has difficulty doing both, the Fox News anchor is remarkably fit, exercising on a stationary bike and treadmill to stave off muscle atrophy of the legs, a common problem in MS patients. Cavuto, 48, has the secondary progressive form of the disease, meaning it steadily worsens over time.
He has fatigue, headaches, trouble walking, some vision loss, and — occasionally — hoarseness. “Having difficulty talking isn’t good in my profession, but my wife welcomes it,” jokes the anchor, who memorizes scripts for his program, Your World With Neil Cavuto, in case he can’t read the teleprompter during taping.
Cavuto chose to be upfront about his MS with Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. His boss asked for the worst-case scenario, to which Cavuto responded: “I’ll need a wheelchair.” Ailes said simply, “Fine, we’ll build a ramp.”

All that adversity and he can still make Paul Krugman look like a jackass. Hats off. (h/t TVNewser)

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