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Trevor dives at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta in 2011 prior to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

This time last year, Trevor Nurse lost feeling in his right foot, losing the ability to balance and walk properly. This has been his biggest setback since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

But now Trevor has found the motivation he needs to push himself despite MS -- Pokemon Go.

Just after marrying his Jennifer, Trevor began having issues with blurry vision, which led to a CAT scan. The doctor said that MS was a potential diagnosis at that time, but Trevor did nothing to help treat it himself or slow down its progress.

His vision went from blurriness to the loss of his peripheral vision.

"The best way I have found to describe my point of vision to others is that it feels similar to looking through a pair of swimming goggles or a dive mask 24/7," Trevor said.

He continued working and enjoying his extra-curricular activities, despite his deteriorating vision.

"Prior to learning of my diagnosis, I was a Professional Associations of Diving Instructors rescue diver, and working on my certifications to become a PADI Master Diver," Trevor said.

Trevor also worked as a full-time commercial sales customer service associate at Lowe's. He used to enjoy scuba diving, drumming and skating, but lost the opportunity to do those things after losing sensation in his foot.

His doctor withdrew him from work and the bills started piling up. He was denied disability from his job, but was unable to perform everyday tasks that would allow him to continue working.

"For months, I was only able to use a walker to pull my right leg around with me, twisted sideways and dragging against the ground," Trevor said.

Depression began to sink in as Trevor's former life became a thing of the past and he had to figure out how to forge a new path for himself. He finally got approved for disability, which helped with family finances, but for the past year, he has only left the house for doctor's appointments, weddings and funerals.

Coincidentally, Jennifer has had a lot of experience with MS, as her mother also has the disease. Jennifer's mother has been there to guide Trevor, though they haven't experienced the same symptoms.

"Multiple Sclerosis will affect each individual that is diagnosed with the disease differently," Trevor said.

He said that symptoms and progression vary by case, so the disease is rather unpredictable with no cure. The process can be slowed with various medications, exercise, diet and mental wellness. For Trevor's treatment, he has the choice between two trial medications, one in pill form and the other an injection.

"I chose the shot over the pill because there were less side effects," Trevor said.

Both of the trial medications had a side effect of death. A side effect of the injection is an irregular sleeping pattern.

"The shot will keep me up until 6 a.m.," he said.

He found a brief excitement playing video games, something he had liked to do previously and something he could now spend more time doing.

"Even though playing video games and the people I met playing them helped me cope with my condition, soon enough even that lost the luster in its appeal to me," Trevor said.

More symptoms started to flare up since losing sensation in his right foot, including a ringing in his ears and vertigo. His depression worsened.

He had a little alleviation in his depression at the beginning of this year when he and Jennifer welcomed their daughter Vivian into the world.

"I was rejoicing in the realization 'I am now a father,'" Trevor said. "I soon became depressed, constantly being reminded of certain things I would or might not ever be able to do with my child because of my condition."

That's when he learned about Pokemon Go. Growing up playing Pokemon, Trevor was excited to hear about the game and started doing research on it. He quickly realized, though, that the game required a good bit of moving around and getting outside.

Since the game has come out, Trevor manages to make it to Pokestops by catching rides with friends or with Jennifer.

"I was skeptical at first as I am with most video games he plays," Jennifer said, "but I'm glad to see it's getting him motivated to go out and do things, especially when he can include our daughter Vivian."

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