What’s your Mountain? Running.

Wendy immediately caught my attention by telling us that she was from Boston (as am I) and was a casual runner (me, too).  My grandmother, whom I lived with until I was 23, had MS. Therefore, I am very aware of the daily challenges of the disease.

All of this got me to thinking, “What is my problem?” In other words, I am healthy. What’s stopping me from doing “more”.  So, I bit the bullet and signed up for the Falmouth Road Race (7 miles) the day I came home from National Conference.

I did run it (in 1:01) this August, and thoughts of Wendy and, of course, my grandmother, got me through it strong.  I consider this just the beginning of big changes, big challenges, and big accomplishments!

Linda B.


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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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