What’s your Mountain? Exercising more.

Hi Wendy. I just wanted to say thank you. After hearing you speak on Saturday in South Florida, you motivated me to exercise more.  I am not gonna let my MS defeat me.  No more looking in the rear-view mirror.  If I just add 1 minute a day to my bike riding, its a start.  I did just that.  Both Sunday and Monday, I beat the MS.  When I wake up every day, I plan to listen to what you said, while I ride my bike.  Thank you so much, Wendy.  God Bless you.

Jay R.


1 Response to “What’s your Mountain? Exercising more.”

  1. 1 Frank October 7, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Congrats Jay on your determination to exercise more. I conversed with Wendy at the “W” Hotel on Saturday about the necessity to engage oneself in physical activities (consult your MD first). After my diagnosis, I was informed that I could not longer workout, run, or do anything that would HEAT UP my body. Result- I switched MD and continued my activities. A young 20+ female explained to me that she had not benefited in any way from her meds. I had her go to a Personal Trainer, and a friend of mine, who was aware of MS. Several months later, the female was able to walk much better and indicated that THAT was the BEST medication that she’d received. WENDY, is a true inspiration for us and for others. She indicated that she was NOT an athlete… I’d say that most athletes seek personal goals or team goals for self fulfillment. Wendy accomplishes most taskings (better than most athletes) and she wants us all to overcome our “mountains.” Thank you Wendy for being you…

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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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