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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1 Response to “What’s your Mountain? MS”


  1. 1 Lisa November 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Wendy. I was so glad to hear what you had going on at the M.S Meeting in Independence, Ohio. I don’t have mountains, BUT I WILL NOT let M.S. beat me. My son was diagnosed when he was 16 years old and as a Mother I felt so alone (I was raising my sons on my own) and I didn’t know where to turn. I lived in Texas and I didn’t have family there to talk to (they lived in Ohio). Everyone said “Oh he WILL BE ALRIGHT JUST GET OVER IT” They didn’t understand M.S. so I never said anymore about it to them. I didn’t have anywhere to turn. I wondered what I did wrong and wished that I could take it all away from him. Then one day my son said I was obsessed with it, but as a Mother I needed to be! I looked on the internet and read all the time. Then one day he said (he was still 16) “Mom, I am NOT GOING TO LET M.S. BEAT ME! I WILL NOT LET IT STOP ME!!” My son is now 27 and he is on Avonex since he was 16 years old and doing well. He is married and lives still in Texas and works for a prison there. So when I was diagnosed a year and a half ago he said “Mom, don’t let M.S. run your life and beat you… YOU BEAT IT!” I am 47 and I will Beat M.S. You alongside my son have inspired me! Thank you, Lisa


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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.


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