Tamia and Grant Hill Fight MS
May 27, 2005
the sultry singer and he's the sexy basketball superstar
who has made millions on endorsements. Together, Grant
Hill and wife, Tamia, have lived a dream life -- until
their world was ripped apart by multiple sclerosis.
And now for the first time since Tamia’s devastating
diagnosis nearly two years ago, the couple has found
the courage to speak out, and they’re talking only to
"I mean literally, I went from being physically
active to not being able to get out of bed," Tamia
recalled. "I cried for maybe 20 or 25 minutes."
"It took time for her, for both of us, for everyone
involved, to accept it," Grant added.
Tamia, who is 30, joins other celebrities like Richard
Pryor, Teri Garr, Annette Funicello and Montel Williams
in taking their struggles public to help raise awareness
for the National MS Society and the crippling disease
that attacks the nervous system.
"I just felt it was important to get it out there
and let people know it's not a sign of weakness,"
Tamia said. "You have good days and bad days."
But the Hills aren't letting MS slow them down. Grant's
still a premiere player in the NBA, whose main goal
now is helping his wife manage MS through medication,
diet and exercise. And remarkably, Tamia is raising
a 3-year-old daughter and still touring and recording
"It wasn’t a death sentence," Tamia insisted.
"She's a great mother, she's active, she's entertaining,"
Grant said. "Hopefully she can be encouraging and
inspiring to others."
"We're just pushing forward and hoping that in
the next ten years there will be a cure," Tamia