Another diagnosis, another chance to rise above it
In between the Olympic Games in Vancouver and Sochi, Umstead was faced with another setback. After waking up feeling completely numb on her right side, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “I had to learn how to walk again … I had to learn how to ski again,” Umstead told CNN. But she did just that, fighting her way back to the sport she knew and loved.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to be going 70 miles an hour on skis, down the side of a mountain and be blind. Yet Danielle Umstead is another example of people with Multiple Sclerosis overcoming obstacles, conquering goals and living life to the fullest. She has a bronze medal from the Sochi Olympics for her effort.
I would have to add her to a list of those with MS that have conquered extreme goals. This includes Lori Schneider the first to top Mount Everest in May of 2009 and Wendy Booker the first person to reach the top of Mount McKinley also known as Denali in June of 2004.