Braving Tough Mudder after diagnosis to challenge MS
My main motivation for taking part in Tough Mudder was to challenge MS. This was my first event since being diagnosed and I wanted to prove to myself that although MS is a part of me and has left its damage, I can still do these types of events. The MS Society was a great support in the lead up to my diagnosis and after it too, so I wanted to raise as much money as possible for them.
Taking part in Tough Mudder
The Tough Mudder course wasn’t easy but the hardest part was the 'motivation' given by the other runners and volunteers. When I had to rest between obstacles or cool myself down because I was overheating it looked like I was unfit and was told to pick up the pace a few times.
This reflects the ongoing challenge for those living with MS as it can be an invisible illness. A lot of us face a lack of understanding of the condition as it’s not obvious to people that you have MS. But I understand that short of wearing a sign saying ‘I have MS’, nobody would know, so I can't be annoyed.
I'm happy I took part in the Tough Mudder half and I hope to continue to challenge MS. I aim to keep raising money for the MS Society to support the fantastic work they do. I also couldn't have done this challenge without the help of my team so I’d like to say a massive thank you to them all.