Former U of A golfer with multiple sclerosis defies the odds

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Former U of A golfer turned professional player Heather Drew has enjoyed a long love affair with the game of golf.

It started when she was a kid, spending Sundays on the course with her dad.

“And that kind of passion has carried through my entire career,” Drew said.

She joined the LPGA tour in 1983. But in the heart of her career came a life changing moment.

“Every morning feeling my hands and feet making sure everything was working. It is a horrible way to live,” Drew told 3TV.

At age 35, she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

“It was awful, it was terrifying. Every emotion you could have, I had,” said Drew. “It flipped my world on its head.”

Unwilling to waive the white flag, Heather focused intensely on her health. She began taking the daily injectable medication copaxone to help control the MS.

And soon, Heather was back in the game she loves so much, as a caddy.

“MS has been an obstacle,” Drew said. “But I went around it. Or I’m going around it, or taking it with me, because I don’t really have any other options.”

But things have come full circle for the 52 year old. Today, she is back on the LPGA Legends tour, as a player.

“Had somebody told me that I would be here talking to you actually at a professional event, I’m not sure I would have believed you," Drew told 3TV.

But that’s the thing about life, and golf. You never know what you can accomplish until you take a swing.