continued As a scientist, Longley noted that he wasn’t mad or upset in the beginning when he found out that he did indeed have MS. Instead, he was determined to find answers. “Why did this happen?” and “What can be done to beat it?” were just some of the thoughts that occupied his mind on a daily basis. Longley exhausted his resources, reading and researching for more information on this disease. Although he found out that it wasn’t curable, there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
“30 years when you were told you had MS,” Longley said, “you knew you were more than likely going to end up in a wheelchair. The medicines they have and alternative therapies that are coming out [today] are wonderful.”
Longley said he notices that everyday things continue, “You just have to keep plugging away.”
The meteorologist wouldn’t change his outlook on life for nothing. His obsession with weather fronts, snow and thunderstorms— something that he has carried with him since childhood— is showcased every night when he foreshadows the local weather for the CNY community.
“I felt that it was time for me to come out,” Longley said, “not just for me, but for all the people afflicted with MS. I wanted let others know that they aren’t alone. I want to show them that you can lead a normal life.”
Christina Alexander is the editor of the Eagle Observer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org