Thursday, November 27, 2014

"Catching Kayla."

"Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall."  - Oliver Goldsmith.

Facing challenges and having difficult times? This is a truly inspiring "against all odds" story.  Kayla Montgomery was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis), a disease for which there is no known cure.

The average life expectancy is 30 years from the start of the disease, which is 5 to 10 years less than that of unaffected people. Almost 40% of people with MS reach the seventh decade of life. Nevertheless, two-thirds of the deaths are directly related to the consequences of the disease. Suicide is more common, while infections and other complications are especially dangerous for the more disabled. Although most people lose the ability to walk before death, 90% are capable of independent walking at 10 years from onset, and 75% at 15 years.

As a former long distance runner myself, this story immediately caught my interest, because I know just how physically demanding distance running is. When you're out of breath with lungs bursting and legs like jelly, you just keep going until the finish. It's almost unimaginable that someone with MS, like Kayla, achieved what she did.


Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

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