Ann Romney reveals recent health scare

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April 26, 2012, 6:30 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) – "I woke up one morning and had - couldn't even get out of bed. It was that dramatic," said Ann Romney, wife of presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

However, that was Ann Romney back in 2004 - when she was First Lady of Massachusetts speaking about her experience with multiple sclerosis - a disease she was diagnosed with in 1998.

"I was pretty depressed and pretty much thinking like my life was over," said Romney.

Romney's MS went into remission and by 2004, she was the picture of health. Romney was eager to talk about how reconnecting with horses - a childhood passion - had helped her to shake the debilitating effects of MS, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system.

But she did say she had purposely avoided the 2002 campaign trail, when her husband was running for governor.

"I basically just didn't do very much, I really didn't," said Romney. "I was very nervous about over fatiguing myself."

Fast forward eight years, and Ann Romney is now taking a very different approach to her husband's presidential campaign.

She is seen on the stump often, and has been called Mitt's secret weapon for her warm and likeable personality. So many were surprised to hear that Romney had a recent MS scare.
 
"There have been some days, like the day before Super Tuesday, I was quite fatigued and I knew I couldn't quit," said Romney. "I didn't tell anybody I was tired, I kept going,  I had a little bit of a scare. What happens with me is that I start to almost lose my words. I almost can't think. I can't get my words out. I start to stumble a little bit and so those things were happening and I thought, 'Uh oh, big trouble.'"

"Everything might be a political factor in what is likely to be a tight presidential election year," said UMass Professor Paul Watanabe.

That being said, Watanabe added that he doesn’t think it will detract or add to the election.

Ann Romney has taken chunks of time off the campaign trail - including 10 days at the end of March; however, she was at her husband's side Tuesday night in New Hampshire.

As she said in 2004, "I’ve learned to deal with my disease and I know what my limitations are and I know how to live within myself and so I can face anything."

Tags: Mitt Romney, Alison King, Multiple Sclerosis, Ann Romney, Election 2012
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