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22 November 2021, 18:19
What disability does Kadeena Cox have? What is multiple sclerosis and how is it caused?
Kadeena is best known for being a gold medal-winning Paralympian, winning titles in para-sprint and para-cycling events.
The Leeds-born star competed as an able-bodied athlete before she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014.
Here's everything you need to know about her condition:
Kadeena Cox has multiple sclerosis.
In 2014, the athlete suffered a stroke which lead to the diagnosis from her doctors after she started experiencing burning sensations in her right arm and a numbness across her body.
Kadeena did not let the diagnosis hold her back from her dreams and became a Paralympian.
Two years later, Kadeena won a gold, silver and bronze medal at Rio in 2016.
The NHS describe multiple sclerosis as: "A condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance."
Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary widely from person to person and can affect any part of the body.
However, the main symptoms include:
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition which means something has gone wrong in the immune system, causing it to mistakenly attack healthy parts of the body.
In the case of MS, this is the brain or spinal cord of the nervous system.
It is not clear what causes multiple sclerosis, but experts believe it is a mixture of genetics and environmental factors.