Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)


Off to a running start

I’m in this for the long run. That’s true of any MS warrior. Anyone who battles the beast every day knows the grueling warfare, the seemingly uphill battle, and the nearly constant challenges of living with multiple sclerosis. And we celebrate the victories we enjoy – whether it’s walking to the car or running 10 miles, buttoning a blouse or biking around the block. Wins are wins, so we roar heartily when we earn ‘em.

In an earlier post, I shared about the 1,000 Mile Challenge to Hike/Walk/Run 1,000 Miles (running from June 6, 2015 to June 5, 2016). I joined and started logging the miles. Here are my results for the first three days:

Yes, this pie chart looks pretty much like a pumpkin.

So do I (at this point), but that’s gonna change, as I measure more miles. I’m counting on it. I want to whittle my waistline, while marching faster than the MS MonSter. Although I am a tortoise in sneakers, I am grateful to be vertical these days. And I am running faster than all of the horn honkers and caterwaulers in cars, who gawk and grin and mock and swerve on the roadways.

I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it's going to work or whether I'm going to fall flat on my face.

Win or wobble, I'm on it.

Whether I feel like it or not, I’m gonna keep running … or jogging … or plodding. Even if I have to stop and walk a bit, I am thankful to be up and moving. And I only have 987.2 miles to go.

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