A Different Focus

david krolick

Meet David Krolick

What advice would you give to someone just finding out they have MS?
Calm down. Your life is not over, it just has a different focus now. You may have to change some things (or you may have already). You need to know that your work/job is not who you are. You are much more than that.

When were you diagnosed with MS and what was the first thing you did after you found out?
March, 2000. Alternated between angry and depressed.

What is something good that came out of your MS diagnosis?
There are many good things that my diagnosis brought about. At 45 years old I became the oldest rookie on the professional pool circuit. I was given a contract to play in 15 pool tournaments a year and would try to inspire others with MS in patient talks. I met a bunch of people that I don't think I would have met otherwise, including my wife.

What is your morning routine?
The only thing that is routine about my mornings is at 6:45 I drive my son to the bus stop.

How has MS affected your daily life?
MS has changed my whole life, for the most part in a positive way. Before I was diagnosed I wasn't sure why, but I got so fatigued. I had to retire from my work as a farrier (horseshoer). I loved my work and had developed a great business of committed horse owners. I even wrote a book: Shoeing Right, Advice To Horse Owners From A Working Farrier. Published in 1991 by Breakthrough Publications, Inc.

Can you remember your saddest memory of your life?
I suppose there have been a few but my Dad's death is certainly on my short list.

Can you remember the happiest moment of your life?
I have had no shortage of happy moments. To name a few: I was very happy at both of my weddings (curious how things turn out), the day I held my "hot off the presses" book in my hands on the day the I received the letter from my publisher approving my book project (along with my advance to write it), and each time I performed well at a major pool tournament.

What is the greatest achievement you have done since being diagnosed and how were you able to achieve it?
Each time I got done with a patient talk and could see that people were inspired to look at their life a little differently than just an hour before, it felt like a big deal. The publication of my 2 books (the horseshoeing book and a book about the mental game of pool) were fine accomplishments.