Originally written on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 11/29/12
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  When most fans logged on to their hockey websites of choice today to see if there were any updates regarding the lockout, I doubt any of us expected to see the headline that Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding was diagnosed with muscular sclerosis.  We've been hoping for good news for weeks now, and instead we are greeted with more bad news.  Before I continue, I need to let you all know where I'm coming from as I write this.  While I do not have MS myself, I was born with a rare hereditary spinal cord disorder called familial spastic paraparesis (FSP).  My late father had it, as did his siblings and their mother.  I have it but my younger brother does not, though he could carry the recessive gene.  Like MS, it is neurological in nature.  In my case, FSP causes weakness in my leg muscles and poor balance.  At this time (I am 36 years old), I can still walk, although with the assistance of a cane.  Eventually, I will most likely be in a wheelchair.  It does not scare me ...
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