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Kayla Montgomery, 20, is the best long distance runner in the US. Racing is not an easy job for Kayla because she is suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) since her school days. Still she keeps running because it helps relieve her of the symptoms of MS.
This passionate runner struggles with this disorder while running and winning every marathon in her life. Kayla workouts and go for long runs every Sunday.
Read on to know the inspiring story of this successful runner.
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Kayla's mom Alysia Montgomery explained, "Kayla loved playing with dolls and teddy bears in her childhood. She was so shy that we forced her to do a lot of sports. She started playing soccer at the age of 14."
Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own nerve cells. Due to this, the brain of a person is unable to communicate with spinal cord and other parts of the body. Kayla's MRI revealed six lesions on her brain and spine.
She kept herself locked in her room for 8 antagonizing months. Fortunately, Kayla started to recover slowly with medications.
Her coach Patrick Cromwell stated, "She doesn't run to get a scholarship. She doesn't run to get trophies. She doesn't run to win. It's a personal journey for her."
Whenever she runs hard during intense workouts or last miles of races, her legs go numb, but still she never gave up running.
Cromwell stated, "I catch her because I don't want to break her collarbone. She doesn't know where her legs are coming into the finish of a race. It's safety for her."
Kayla stated, "I still wanted to run because I didn't want anybody to know what was wrong. I just wanted to keep going on with my life."
Kayla stated, "I feel like when I run I am the happiest, and my mom has always told me when you feel good you do much better. I feel like if I am running and I am happy, I am also helping my MS get a little better. As long as I am running, everything is fine."
Despite of suffering from MS, Kayla keeps running. Hats off to this courageous lady!
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