The Fight Against MS

Submitted by: Andrea King

Jackie's Success Story

In the fall of 2009 at the age of 57 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had lost my balance, had constant hip and leg pain and incredible fatigue. I was given drugs common for MS patients but had such severe reactions to them I was taken off and virtually left hanging with no options from the medical community. At about this time I started working out with Andrea to try to get my strength back. I did not intend to become a victim. During our workouts we often discussed alternative therapies and strategies for overall health and chronic diseases. I found her support and encouragement in this area invaluable, and as a result I started down a different path for overall health and wellness.

Although one common complaint of MS patients is fatigue I made myself go to my workouts as regularly as possible. If Andrea hadn’t been so much fun to work with I doubt I would have kept it up! She made every workout different and interesting, never boring. We also shared a sense of humor, which always helps!

It is a tribute to her that even after she moved away I have continued to work out and pursue alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and am exploring Chinese mushrooms and herbs. I am becoming my ‘old self’ once again. The only thing I can totally take credit for is making the call to join the gym Andrea worked for. The rest evolved in great part to partnering with Andrea. Big, big thanks to you girl!