Michael Klim cannot walk alone due to an illness

Michael Klim can’t walk alone due to an incurable disease. The former swimmer was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) in 2020, an auto-immune condition that affects the arms, hands, legs, and feet.

Michael Klim
Source: News Corp Australia

Klim needs walking sticks, braces, and family support, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

In 2019, Klim began experiencing symptoms he didn’t realize were related to his condition.

I’ve had chronic ankle problems and degenerative back troubles for a while, and over the past few years, I noticed considerable muscle wasting in my legs, difficulty with balance, some loss of function from the knees down, and numbness in my thighs and foot.

He needed a back operation and intravenous Immunoglobulin after returning to Australia from Bali during the pandemic.

Massages, cupping, and acupuncture help, as does a tens machine. My drop foot and weak legs require orthotics and braces. Without them, I can’t walk and need a cane.

“My diet needs work.” I tried the carnivore diet as an elimination method, and it worked, now I eat largely carnivore.

Klim will go on The Project on Sunday and said he drank to “numb the pain.”

People he’s told about his CIDP have told him, “You’re an Olympic athlete, you’ve got the mental strength to get through this.”

It hasn’t been the case. I can’t do extra exercises or anything, therefore I’m depressed. Depressing.

I’ve drunk too much to numb pain.

“I give myself an hour a day to feel regretful, furious, frustrated, and other emotions, then go on with life.”

Klim won four medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, including gold in the 4×100 and 4x200m freestyle.