According to estimates, over 400,000 people have multiple sclerosis in the United States and one person battling the disabling brain and spinal cord disease joins The Doctors to share her inspiring journey and message of never giving up.
When she was diagnosed, she was shocked and fell into a depression. To help lift her spirits, her husband encouraged her to continue with her love of running and she found that it helped with her depression. She experienced a setback when her MS began causing her to trip and fall while she ran and her doctor said she might have to stop. Not giving up, she sought help from the Hanger Clinic, which created a carbon fiber ankle brace that helps her from falling while she runs.
“MS is not a life sentence and you can still lead a very good life,” she says of what she’s learned since being diagnosed 10 years ago.
Having already conquered marathons in Cape Town and Buenos Aires, she will next run in Honolulu and then Antarctica in January. She is then slated to finished her amazing journey with runs in Tokyo, Vienna and finish her last marathon in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Doctors wish Cheryl continued health and success and we’ll be rooting her on while she runs!