Choosing Resilience: A Cop's Perspective on Life with Multiple Sclerosis
In this episode, Chief Neil Dubord speaks with Detective Greg Linkert from the Calgary Police Service, who shares his journey of resilience in the face of adversity after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Greg discusses his career in law enforcement, including his time in specialty sections such as the tactical team and bomb unit. He recounts the symptoms he experienced before his MS diagnosis and the challenges he faced in accepting his condition. Greg emphasizes the importance of communication, support systems, and maintaining a positive mindset. He also shares his involvement in the MS walk and peer support programs.
Appreciate the simple things in life and find joy in everyday experiences.
Adapt and accept the challenges that come with a diagnosis or disability.
Maintain open communication with your support system and seek help when needed.
Choose to define your own story and focus on the possibilities rather than dwelling on the past.
00:15 Appreciating Simple Things
00:30 Specialty Sections in Police Career
01:25 Greg Linkert's Career Journey
03:10 Diagnosis of MS
04:08 Living with MS
05:28 Refereeing and Skating Issues
06:26 Delayed Diagnosis of MS
07:24 First Real Incident of MS Symptoms
08:55 Continued Symptoms and Denial
09:23 Seeking Medical Help
10:21 36-Hour Adventure at the ER
11:16 MS Diagnosis Confirmed
12:44 Medical Professionals Involved
13:42 Physiatrist and Coping Skills
14:38 Peer Support and MS Walk
16:05 Fear and Adapting to MS
18:05 Teaching Recruit Class and Body Worn Camera
20:04 Life Now and Physical Limitations
22:30 Walking Around the Island
23:56 Support Systems
25:23 Importance of Communication
26:53 Choosing Your Story
28:19 Peer Support and Giving Back
28:55 Message to Others
30:25 Summary and Gratitude