fitness, MS

True Inspiration

I am inspired by so many amazing people who say I inspire them.  It is a strange feeling knowing that I inspire others. When I hear that my name has come up with a group of runners or athletes as a person of inspiration truly gives me pause.  The reason people say these things about me is because I live with MS.  I was diagnosed about five years ago.  It was a truly awful period in my life, but I have adjusted and am so fortunate that my disease only slightly effects the quality of my life.  I pop a pill everyday that seems to keep my MS in check, and when it does give me trouble rarely does anyone know but my family.  My secret little motto is, “If I can, I will”.  And so I do most of the time. I stay active, eat relatively healthy, and find ways to truly enjoy my beautiful life.

I also try to find ways to give back to an organization that helped me get through some tough times.  The National MS Society.  I periodically volunteer for our local NMSS chapter.  I will be blogging out a few related MS posts as I have my own little Bike Team, Team Musclehead, riding in September to raise money for our local chapter.  If you are interested in joining my bike team and raising about least $200 for the cause please click here.  You can also email me at or join my Facebook page

But the main point of this post is to highlight two amazing local women who inspire me.  Laurie Halpenny and Jamie Plucker will be a part of the MS run the US this summer.  This 3,000 mile relay runs from California to New York.  Their fundraising goal is $10,000 each. They will run a marathon a day over the course of a few days to complete their leg of the relay.  By the time these ladies finish their runs they will have covered about 170 miles each- yes each!  These gals are a true inspiration.   Please consider filling their fundraising buckets by clicking here for Jamie and here for Laurie.   I mean, for real, the entire relay covers 3,000 miles!  Unbelievable!

The time and commitment these gals are showing for this event truly inspires me!  As my MS Bike team comes together I am going to keep their efforts close to my heart as I strive to make a difference in September.