Full Speed Ahead

I finally found something that took my mind off dealing with MS. Robert Reich’s book Beyond Outrage explains why our country is in the shape it’s in: i.e. Wall Street, banks too big too fail, huge corporations, their lobbyists, and the hold they have over Washington. The book made my hair stand up on end and my blood pressure to rise to dangerous levels. It diverted me, all right, but not in a good way.

So instead I took a break from it and turned to an email a friend had sent to me about a high school track team member who happens to also have MS. A short while after starting to race, Kayla  Montgomery, a teenager from North Carolina, experiences her legs start and then completely go numb. She continues running anyway – and wins, sometimes setting records. As long as she has a clear running lane and nobody trips her up by accident, she manages through sheer willpower to stay upright and make it to the finish line. Personally, I don’t see how she does it. What a testament to human resolve! If you’d like to read Kayla’s story, go to:   http://www.npr.org/2014/03/08/287751438/catching-kayla-running-one-step-ahead-of-multiple-sclerosis?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=share&utm_campaign=storyshare

I probably will go back to reading Reich’s book and if it gets me angry enough, maybe I’ll tap into Kayla’s strength of purpose. I’ll then run right down to Washington by way of a certain street in New York City and straighten out all of them. I don’t think they’d want to mess with a crazed numb-legged person on a mission.

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