I work very hard for my health. A stable body and strong muscles weren't given to me. MS took that from me in 2001 when I was diagnosed with Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis.
In recent years, after a long roller-coaster of a journey, I claimed my health back. It wasn't easy and I didn't get it without hard work. I put in many hours of exercise. Hours that I could've been home sleeping, or feeling sorry for myself, or just breathing easy instead of breathing hard. But I didn't do that. I've gone somewhere difficult, uncomfortable, and at times, straight up frustrating. But I put in the work. Lots, and lots (and lots) of hard work. It hurts in a good way. Some of it is fun, and some of it isn't any type of fun at all. On some days all I want to do is quit, but I force myself to exercise on those days especially. I know how important it is to do the work on the days I want to give up.
In the past year and a half, I rode my bike 25 miles in a MS bike tour, joined and train at CrossFit Jersey City, completed 4 Spartan obstacle course races, paddled 23 miles in an outrigger canoe , and climbed to the top of Rockefeller Center... TWICE! The Laura from 7 years ago couldn't get up a flight of stairs without a struggle and was holding on to handrails and walls for dear life. And as a young, terrified woman living with this disease, I convinced myself that my fate was in a wheelchair. Certainly not climbing hills, ropes, stairs and cargo nets! But I had a vision and I am doing the work. If you have a vision for yourself despite barriers, never, EVER give up on it. Hold the vision and trust the process. Set small goals for yourself every day and do the work to achieve them. Then, WHAM! Before you know it you find yourself doing the things you never thought possible!
I am starting this fundraising campaign with my team, TEAM TISCH MS to not only raise money for the Tisch MS Research Center of New York as they move along on their ground-breaking stem cell research, but for everyone who holds a vision, to give them hope that with hard work, despite this disease (or any perceived barrier for that matter) reaching your goals is absolutely possible!
Show up and take one step at a time! Team Tisch MS is showing up on October 7th for the City Challenge obstacle course race in Hoboken, NJ and we are asking for your support!
Please consider donating. Any amount is greatly appreciated and my deepest gratitude goes to everyone who has supported me along the way. Let's keep kicking some butt to cure this annoying disease!
MS messed with the wrong girl!