Archive for September, 2009

What’s your Mountain? 100 pounds

Sara Purple Blk 1 HorizWhen my sister told me about your What’s your Mountain? page, I wanted to be one of the first to share a story.

My mountain is 100 pounds.  It’s been a really tough journey so far, but I’m committed to not letting my body get the better of me.  37 pounds down – 63 to go!  From now on when I have a bad day and get grumpy I’m going to think… geez, at least I don’t have to climb Mt. Everest!!!!

Thanks for helping to keep my mountain in perspective,

Sara Sullivan (AKA the incredible shrinking Sara!)

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What’s your Mountain? MS

Wendy,

I have had the spread from Women’s Running as an inspiration for months. When my mom told me someone with MS was climbing Mt. Everest I jumped on my computer to see who. I was amazed when it was the same person as in my magazine spread. I was diagnosed in 2008 and began walking 5ks shortly after. I want to enjoy my body while it’s working. I am so happy that you are overcoming MS. When I read what you said about summiting Denali I cried. Thank you for inspiring me. I plan to keep pushing myself to try new things. I see women running 5k’s and marathons and think I want to be them and now I know if I try I can be one of them. Please keep up the blog and keep climbing.

Selena

Thanks for sharing your story, Selena.  Run on!


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About Wendy Booker

In June of 1998, this 55 year old mother of three was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS after experiencing balance problems, blurred vision and numbness on her left side. When first diagnosed, Wendy was devastated. But it took very little time for her to transform anguish into inspiration. She immediately turned her hobby of casual running into a continuous pursuit and has now completed nine marathons.

Mountain climbing became the next conquest. Wendy learned about a team of mountain climbers with Multiple Sclerosis who were attempting to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. With no previous climbing experience, she dedicated a year to hard training and set off with them in 2002. Although weather conditions prohibited the team from completing, Wendy attempted the summit again in 2004 on her own and she succeeded!

The feeling of accomplishment she experienced propelled her next aspiration: to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Just five years later, Wendy Booker has successfully reached the top of six of The Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson Massif and Mt. Kosciuszko. Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth, still awaits for 2010.