Stories of Hope

Gabriel Bravo


In the Fall of 1999 I was beginning my Freshmen year of High School. I was ready to take on this new building block in life. A few  weeks into the first semester I had noticed weird things starting to happen to me. I looked in a mirror and noticed that my left eye was drooping down to the left. I had no idea what was wrong. The next thing I knew I was in the emergency room with my mom. They referred us to a neurologist. After a few brief tests I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Soon after, everything changed. It was like a complete 180 from when I started high school. I was going through a lot of different things. At that point in my life it was harder to really find myself because not many teenagers get diagnosed with this. So, from there I’ve been involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tryingto help find a cure. Currently I am still struggling with MS and going through college as a music student. With the help of my close family, friends and girlfriend it makes everything a little bit easier to cope with. With this said, I am hoping people will support me and other people going through similar diseases that can be cured by stem cell research. Everyone knows someone who has one of these diseases. My Dad was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. Nothing would make me happier than seeing both of us living our lives to their fullest extent.
Please, join me in voting YES on Prop 71.