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What’s Your Mountain? Half Marathon with MS!

Wendy,

I saw you in Fort Lauderdale last October, and after hearing you, I signed up to train for a half marathon with our local National MS Society. We trained and ran/walked the Miami marathon this last Sunday. I never would have thought about training to walk a half marathon, but I had been in the hospital and unable to walk due to a complication with a flare-up a year ago, and I wanted to get stronger, and feel more like my old self.

One of my happiest moments on my journey was near the end of a 9 mile training walk becoming overwhelmed by emotion when I realized I felt tired and achy because of my exertion and effort, and not my MS and MS medications. Keep spreading your message, it’s so good to see someone who feels OK, and is accomplishing amazing physical achievements while having MS.

Rock On!

Jane


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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.