Montel Williams

28 Days of Black History Makers show

Summary: The son of Baltimore's first African American fire chief chats about living with multiple sclerosis, and helping others do the same. “Over the last 10 years since my diagnosis, I’ve been on a journey to find as much information as I can, and share that information with the public about some of the ways to mitigate and reduce some of the symptoms from chronic illness,” he tells Living Smart & Well host Inez Bracy. “One of the symptoms of MS that 30 to 40 percent of us feel something called an ‘MS hug.’ That’s when the signal from the brain to the muscles in the extremities can be impaired and impeded… It happened to me in Las Vegas. The temperature outside was like 107 degrees and I got out of a car and thought I was going to die by the time I hit the door. I thought I was having a heart attack.”