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Caring for a parent with multiple sclerosis
helped Amy Schumer become the
funnywoman she is today BY ALLISON MANNING

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show, Inside Amy Schumer. She's also the
star, alongside Goldie Hawn, of the new
mother-daughter comedy Snatched.
Comedy is a coping device, for both
Schumer and her dad, who now lives
in an assisted living facility.
"It's the most painful thing in the
world to just watch this person that you
love ultimately just digress and kind
of decompose," she told NPR's Morning
Edition. "And it's too heavy. And you
have to find a way to laugh at it."

WHAT IS MS?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the
immune system in which the body

PHOTO BY MICHAEL
BUCKNER/GETTY IMAGES

hen Amy Schumer
stands on stage,
cracking jokes
about her love
life or party-girl
past, she has an unlikely source of
inspiration: her father.
Gordon Schumer was diagnosed
with multiple sclerosis when she was
just 12, and the onset of the neurological disease changed the course of
the young Schumer's life. But it also
gave her a resiliency that's led the now
35-year-old to go deep and dark with
her comedy, both on stage and on her
Peabody Award-winning television



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