A former girlfriend, Chris Otto
My father, Paul, and my mother, Carmen, taken at my sister Louise's wedding.
The Paradis siblings: (left to right) Luc; France; Louise; Marc; Alain in bed
This page of Janetta's website was given to me for
assisting her with her website. I was introduced to Janetta via the Internet in the summer of 2002, by a mutual e-friend.
She had mentioned that Janetta was seeking some assistance with her website. I've always been a glutton for knowledge,
and enjoy a challenge, so naturally, I obliged.
I was born in Quebec, in 1960, but lived all but the first
three months of my life in Ontario. I'm the second youngest of five siblings. I had as normal a childhood as any
former child would allege. When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease
of the Central Nervous System (brain & spinal cord), whereby the fatty insulative coating on nerve cells (myelin) is attacked
by the body's own immune system (white blood cells).
In the early 1980s, before my MS started to debilitate me, I briefly
pursued a career as a photographer. I had very good camera equipment and also reasonable darkroom equipment. A
girlfriend I met in a black-and-white photography class that I took at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute took the sepia
print seen to the left. I took the picture of her seen directly below the photo she took of me. She was the last
able-bodied girlfriend I had before my MS started to debilitate me. The colour photo below the black-and-white photo
of her is a self-portrait taken with a self-timer. I processed both the film and print of that photo. As a result
of the progression of my MS, I abandoned my pursuit of a career as a photographer, and I sought sedentary employment.
I was fortunate that I had an aptitude for computer programming.
My MS progressed from my using a cane in 1986 to requiring
a walker and manual wheelchair in 1990, and a power wheelchair in 1994. I was driving home from work as a computer consultant
in my modified van in January of 1996, when I was involved in a MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) where I sustained a number of
injuries. The trauma of the injuries combined with subsequent corrective surgery instigated my MS into ultimately leaving
me bedridden. Fortunately, I had the foresight to purchase Income Replacement coverage on my No Fault Automobile Insurance.
Consequently, Im now retired and living near my parents in a longterm care facility named Hallowell House, in Picton, Ontario.
able to operate my computer via VRS (Voice Recognition Software). Through it, the microphone attached to my computer
acts as both a keyboard and a mouse. For the rest of my environmental controls I utilize an ECU (Environmental Control
Unit). Apart from it having an integrated telephone, I can summon help, turn lights/fans on & off, and control my
TV & VCR.
This is a more recent photo of my family taken September 1st 2004. Left to right: Luc;
Mom-Carmen; me; Louise; France; Marc; Dad-Paul