In 2006, Patti Klein would routinely work up to 90 hours a week in her anesthesiology practice. In her free time, the Bergen County, N.J., doctor ran 5K road races or bicycled with her husband Martin Shenkman, an estate planning attorney in nearby Paramus, N.J., and longtime NAPFA member.

While training for a bike trip with her husband that year, persistent numbness in her arm prompted her to get an MRI. She was right in suspecting that doctors might find some compression in her spine, but they also found something more sinister: a multiple sclerosis lesion.

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