Last year I once again watched the New York City Marathon on television. I’ve been watching the marathon for years and I really enjoyed seeing people run over twenty-six miles. What I always thought was interesting was the fact that the New York City Marathon finished about thirty blocks from where I used to live and grow up. Every year I would watch the race except for one year back in 2011. I couldn’t watch the marathon that year because I was running the race.
In 2015 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I then realized that the most amazing thing about running the marathon was that I did it while having MS and I hadn’t realized it. It took me about five and a half hours to get to the finish and as far as I can remember there was nothing that stopped me from running 26.2 miles. I did it and then happily walked home with my finishing medal.
The reason why I knew I had run with MS was because when I read back over my journal I had discovered that I had written about some of the MS symptoms I had had. Of course, I didn’t know what the symptoms meant and even my mother and my doctor didn’t know. Yet I had multiple sclerosis and starting in 2014 I began exhibiting new symptoms.
I had been out in Oakland, California living with my friends when I began to have difficulty keeping my balance as I walked and I began to trip as I ran. It turned out that I wasn’t lifting my left leg up high enough and thankfully I never fell over but it started to become harder and harder to run any distance even though I had no intention of running another marathon or any race.
I returned to New York and I began to live with my sister and her family but I also wanted to find out what was wrong with my body. My sister and I went to see a neurologist and after getting an MRI I got the diagnosis. I had Multiple Sclerosis as I had lesions on my brain and spine.
Since then I’ve been working hard to remain healthy by eating well and exercising every day by walking. I had one major setback when I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. I was there for two weeks but I came out and then recovered quickly.
Now I continue to work out all the time and eat healthy. I still have to deal with MS as I can get tired very easily and I have to walk carefully. If I over do it my legs can get very tired and make it difficult to keep moving. I haven’t been able to run again but the walking has given me a good amount of exercise and I learned from a physical therapist how to strengthen my upper body and core. The MS can be annoying at times but so far I feel I’ve been able to handle it very well.