What doesn’t kill you…

Air Force Half Marathon September 2010 - One year after being diagnosed with MS.

Pretty much all my life I have loved being active. From age 3 to 19 my life was soccer. For many years, I even played soccer year round.  Then when I was in my first year of college my back pain started to tell me I needed to do something a little easier on my body. For many years I wasn’t sure what to do or how to replace the highs I felt playing soccer. After graduating from college I started to focus more on running,  doing shorter races like 5ks or 4 milers. I attempted to train for a marathon during the summer of 2008 but I had to stop after about 8 weeks of training due to a knee injury. Then in August 2009, when I was 25 years old, I was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.  I was mainly just glad to finally figure out why I was having all these weird health issues but there was the other side of me that was concerned about my future since this is a disease that could take away my ability to move.  After a few months of adjusting to the idea I have MS, I decided it was time to start that marathon training again because I was not going to let this disease defeat me. In May of 2010 I finished my first half marathon and then in October of 2010 I finished my first marathon in a time of 4:23:43…and now I am hooked. Now I plan to run two half marathons and one or two marathons in 2011.  It has become an addiction and this is why I have decided to start this blog, to not only write about something I love to do but to hopefully encourage others to not be defeated. I think one of my favorite quotes can say it best…”What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”

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6 thoughts on “What doesn’t kill you…

  1. Good luck to you.
    I was diagnosed after I fell at mile 21 in the Chicago Marathon. I was experiencing foot drop and my left foot didn’t lift.
    I had a pair of 2:3

  2. Oops, I hit a wrong key…
    Anyway I had a pair of 2:38marathons and I was really struggling in this one. My legs didn’t want to lift. I saw my wife at 24 miles and seeing how it was a bad day and I was about to run my slowest time, I dropped out.
    In hindsight I could have finished ( and I wish I did) but I had finished many others and I didn’t run to finish. After many misdiagnoses MS was diagnosed.
    So I wish you the best for as long as you can do it.
    I stayed in the closet for many years after I was diagnosed so you’ve got me beat there..

  3. I was diagnosed with MS 17 years ago. Since being diagnosed I’ve ran 3 marathons. I must say I’m not the fastest runner, but I never give up. Today I work with a personal trainer 4 times a week. I struggle more than I use to, but I’ve decided to attempt another marathon. Two weeks ago I ran a half and finished… Like yourself, I will not let MS define who I am. I’ve always been open and honest about having MS, trying to motivate others to run. I always tell people, if I can run, you can run. I have numbness on my right side, feet are numb, and major fatigue. These symptons try to get in the way of running, and sometimes do, but I always tell myself tomorrow will be a better day. Like you said, what does kill you will make you stronger…

    • Trisha,

      Thank you for your comment! I have quite a bit of numbness on my left side. Have you found out anything that seems to help it? The only thing that “appears” to help me is to rest but not a huge fan of that. 🙂 What marathon are you planning on running? Let me know how the training is going!

      Lisa (aka MS Runner)

      • When I experience numbness, rest is the only thing I’ve found to help. Like yourself, I like to stay busy, versus resting. I work very hard to minimize stress in my life. In October I’m going to run Whistle Stop in Ashland, WI. In two week two of my friends are flying to San Diego to run the Rock & Roll Marathon. Both of them are attempting to qualify for Boston, and I know they will do it. One of them is my trainer, and seeing his dedication to his own goals has helped me continue to work hard on my own. As you know, MS can be a rollercoaster of emotions. I DO see the humor in so many things, and each time I’m down, it’s humor that lifts me back up. Being around all types of runner I found on missing piece for me. Someone else who has MS. I feel blessed to found your story, and folllow along with you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!! You inspire all of us.

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