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Harrell tackles MS head on

Family, team, Ennis High unite behind their coach
Lion football coach Sam Harrell wants his team to stand strong in the face of adversity, and he is taking the same approach off the field.
In the last couple of months, Harrell revealed to his children and then his coaches and players that he’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago. Now, the coach has shared the news with the public and he’s ready to continue living life to the fullest.
“When I decided to tell my family and then the coaches and players, it seemed like the right time,” Harrell said.
“Knowing [I had MS] for several years didn’t make it any easier. I just didn’t want them to hear about it from somebody else.
“I wanted to reassure them that, while I do have MS, I’m not dying from it and I’m not going to quit coaching. I just have to adapt to it, but by and large things aren’t all that different.”
MS affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. Nerve cells communicate by sending electrical signals called action potentials down long fibers called axons. Over time, MS will prevent the axons from effectively conducting signals.

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