When he wants to get away from it all, Montel grabs a fishing pole and takes to the water with his father-in-law, who he calls his best friend.

"I will come out here deliberately because I don't want anybody to call me," he says. "I don't want to talk to anybody."

Though he still has dark moments, Montel has found peace with himself and his illness. "The peace comes from the knowing, when I finally figured out, I have MS. I have it. MS will never have me," he says. "I have to accept the fact that I have it, [but] that doesn't mean I have to give in to it."

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