Today marks my 4 year anniversary of being diagnosed with MS. What a 4 years it has been. I have said many times that while I certainly would not have chosen to live with a disease that has no cure, I believe that God equips us and works through us to use the difficult things in our life for HIS purpose.
I do not take my health for granted. In these past 4 years I have done things I had only previously dreamed about. Last month I completed my 13th marathon (my 9th since my MS diagnosis) and in the past year and a half I completed not just one Ironman triathlon but two! I think that being confronted head on with the unknown of what my future health will be (debilitating MS symptoms can appear in an instant) has inspired me to go after some of these dreams. In doing so, I hope and pray that I have been able to inspire and motivate others that are facing challenges in their life.
I originally started this blog after my diagnosis because I could not find any information or anyone with MS who was participating in endurance sports. I’m thrilled to say that over the past few years I have been blessed to connect with many people battling MS that are staying healthy and fit through running, hiking, biking, swimming and even some that are crazy enough to push their bodies 140.6 miles and complete an Ironman like me!
Thank you to my friends and family that walk by my side and support me in this life. Thank you to my new friends that I have met through my blog and through the articles that have been written about my journey. We are all in this together. My hope is that someday there will be a cure for MS, but until then, I will dedicate myself to being as healthy and positive as possible and spreading hope to others.