Kayla Montgomery is one of the country’s best long distance runners. However, her battle with multiple sclerosis (MS) doesn’t make racing easy. Watch her remarkable display of perseverance as she fights on the track to come out on top, even if it means collapsing into her coach’s arms at the finish line. Kayla’s determination is nothing short of astonishing.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS “is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” The NMSS lists common MS symptoms such as fatigue, gait difficulties, numbness/tingling of limbs, and muscle spasms. While there is no known cure to multiple sclerosis, there are now medications and therapies available to those suffering with the disease in order to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Given the impairments MS places on muscles and physical coordination, Kayla’s running feats are truly miraculous. She serves as an inspiration to all those who feel limited by MS symptoms, proving that dreams are still achievable no matter what hand you’ve been dealt. What did you think of her story? Tell us in the comments below and make sure to share if you were as moved by her resilience as we were.