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Pokemon Go gives Greenwood man with multiple sclerosis new reason to move

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Trevor Nurse, who battles MS, says Pokemon Go is helping him stay mobile (FOX Carolina) Trevor Nurse, who battles MS, says Pokemon Go is helping him stay mobile (FOX Carolina)
Pokemon Go. (Source: Fox Carolina) Pokemon Go. (Source: Fox Carolina)
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Trevor Nurse, 27, is a husband, father and self-proclaimed Pokemon nerd.

"I got Pokemon in 1998 for my birthday," said Nurse. "I was hooked ever since. We would actually get some acorns out in the recess yard, and paint them red and white and put a red and black dot in the middle and paint them as pokeballs," he laughed. "And we would run around the recess yard imagining that there was Pokemon, and throwing the acorns at them to try to catch them. You don't get a lot of girlfriends doing that," he added, with a snicker. 

When Pokemon Go, the new smartphone sensation, lauched earlier this month, his wife Jennifer said he kind of geeked out. 

"My husband's a nerd, but it's a good nerd," she said. 

Last year, Nurse was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and the former skateboarder and carpenter lost much of his leg mobility. 

"It definitely brings a lot of depression with it," said Nurse. 'It's very draining to get up and go out, say, to just get outside to the car would be like doing a hundred push-ups for a normal person," he said.

Many have joked that Pokemon go is their new exercise routine. For Nurse, that is exactly what it is. 

The game places virtual monsters in various locations around you. To win, you have to physically walk, run or drive to those locations and "catch them" by throwing a virtual "Pokeball" at the monsters. The game is based on the anime cartoon. Nurse, his wife and infant daughter typically visit Lake Greenwood State Park to catch the virtual Pokemon. 

Nurse said the game has helped him feel more motivated to go outside, and helps him forget about the pain associated with walking. 

"I definitely saw a rise in his attitude and his spirits," said Jennifer Nurse. "I'm glad for that, and he's definitely been out doing more with our daughter Vivian."

Nurse reminds everyone with MS or any other physical or mental ailment, to just get out of the house and have fun. 

"Don't give up," he said. "It's not over yet."

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