What’s your Mountain? MS Walk


I had the pleasure of hearing you speak in Clovis, California this past Thursday evening.  I told you then that I had “needed” to hear your message and truly believe it was meant that I be there. You’ve set your amazing goals and in the process have helped other people all along the way….all those wonderful kids! Amazing!

I was diagnosesd with MS this past January and you mentioned to me that the first year is the hardest.  It HAS been challenging, but each new day is looking brighter.  (Actually lately, days don’t just look brighter, they seem to SPARKLE!)

You asked me what my mountain is… I’m still searching for the big moutain, but I have little foothills in my sight.  I’m already organizing a walking team for the Fresno area MS Walk in April of 2010.  I also love making jewelry and have goals to get back into  making and selling my pieces.

I have added “Beautiful Day” to my playlist!  It reminds me of your strength and endurance as I work out on my elliptical machine (15 whole minutes a day after a 5 month relapse that has left me with much numbness and burning sensations in my left leg!) I’ve spent so much time in bed this year and now I’m anxious to push my body just a little more each day!

Thank you so very much!  MS is just going to be a “blip” in my life story. For these past 10 months I have truly worried that MS would become my life – slowly taking over ever square inch of my body and my mind.  But I’ve already learned that I can become a better person through adversity. MS is just in the background and I can go forward to the live the best life possible from here. That is my goal… and I thank you for helping to open my eyes and heart the other night! I’ve been a changed person since.

Be well,


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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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