I have been active all my life. Throughout my 20's and early 30's, I was an avid triathlete, cyclist, runner and skier. Then, when Multiple Sclerosis struck me at age 36, it left me barely able to pedal my beautiful racing bike for several years. As I struggled, I began to wonder if my lifelong dream of competing in Ironman Hawaii would forever remain just a dream.
Unwilling to accept this as my fate, I spent several years in a single-minded effort to improve my health. As a result, I have had the good fortune to come back stronger and healthier, despite MS. In June, I attempted my first Ironman triathlon in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with the goal of qualifying to fulfill my dream and compete in the Ironman World Championships at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in October, 2014. Unfortunately, the challenges of IMCDA proved too much for me. I was too slow and missed the course cutoff time at 90 miles on the bike. Undeterred, I signed up for Ironman Maryland on September 20, and this one, I completed!! As I crossed the finish line, I heard those wonderful words "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!" Even though I did not qualify for Kona, I am thrilled with this whole adventure. You can read more about IMMD at http://myjourneybeyondms.blogspot.com/2014/09/ironman-maryland.html
With so many people struggling with MS every day, my goal is to make a difference by empowering and inspiring others to continue moving forward, in their own way, toward improved health and well-being. One of the best ways to do this is to support the work of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Currently there is no cure for MS, but this amazing organization works tirelessly to find the cause, treatment, and ultimately the cure for multiple sclerosis, and also provides education, information, direct financial support and scholarships to individuals and families living with MS.
By the time of Ironman Maryland, I had raised $14,210 for the National MS Society. I would love to increase that to $15,000! By generously supporting my Ironman endeavors, you can join with me and our Iron for MS team in the movement to end multiple sclerosis now!
Let's Move Forward Together.