What’s Your Mountain? MS…

I was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago.  I’m 42 years young.  I can’t wait to meet you tomorrow in San Diego.  I’m was an All American athlete in both high jump and javelin in college.  I’m also a lead climber (rock).  I love thin face climbs, classic cracks…all of it.

Before diagnosis my balance was becoming terrible and didn’t understand why.  I moved away from climbing and began sportfishing and freedive spearfishing.  Today, I run my own boat (HUNTRESS) and live life to the fullest.

I have recognized myself in your story and been inspired by you for some time now.  I’ve tried other therapies that were not tolerated by my liver.  I too now take Copaxone and am doing well on it.

Best Regards,
K.

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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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