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Clay Walker tells us how he’s been beating a doctor’s death sentence for the past 20 years Rare Country
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Clay Walker should have been dead by now.

At least, that’s what doctors told him when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1996. They told him he’d be confined to a wheel chair within four years and dead four years after that. So, how is he still thriving 20 years after that initial diagnosis?

“The big thing is diet and exercise,” Clay tells Rare Country. “[My wife Jessica] makes sure I get that, and medication.”

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He’s been relapse-free for 18 straight years and has helped others dealing with MS through his work with Teva Neuroscience’s research, as well as his annual Chords of Hope fundraiser at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. He’s planning to reveal some big news at this year’s event coming up in June.

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Says Clay, “We have new music, which we’ll be performing there. I have a new album that’ll be coming out this year very soon. Two more songs to record on it, but we definitely will be having new music out this year.”

Clay’s 2016 Chords of Hope benefit is scheduled for June 8 at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. Go to ClayWalker.com for details.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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