Okie from Muskogee: Sommers finds ways to make others smile | News | muskogeephoenix.com

Devastating disease doesn’t hold her back Sommers recalled noticing that she was losing her balance around 2010. She recalled thinking it was some other disorder.

“After a year and a half of being treated for something else, something told me it was not in my back, but in my brain,” she said. “It was the part that controlled my balance.”

She eventually was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system. She said her monthly infusions help her manage her MS.

“Once the damage is done, it can’t be reversed,” she said. “All you can do is stop it from getting worse, which is where I’m at.”

Sommers says she tries to be as active as the disease would allow.

“It’s important I keep moving,” she said. “But there’s a fine line between me keeping moving and overdoing it to where I’m having to chill on the couch the next day.”



This is an amazing story about Miriam Sommer and in spite of having multiple sclerosis she continues to help others.

Rising Above MS: How Mountaineer Lori Schneider Coped with Her Diagnosis

Despite the testing and the pessimistic prognosis, Schneider secretly continued to train for her next climb—Mount Aconcagua. This Argentinian peak reaches an elevation of 22,837 feet and is one of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks in each of the seven continents).

“I didn’t tell anybody because I was afraid that now I was given that label of MS, people would say I couldn’t do it,” says Schneider.

A year after she first woke up numb and called her doctor, she reached the peak of Mount Aconcagua. “When I got to the top of that mountain, I told myself, ‘Girl, if you’re strong enough to climb a mountain, you’re strong enough to face this disease head on without shame and without embarrassment, and it’s time to start living your life again,’” says Schneider.

In the decade that followed, Schneider would set her sights on another large peak to conquer, aiming to complete each of the Seven Summits. On May 23, 2009—within 10 years of her diagnosis—Schneider was standing on top of Mount Everest, and was the first person with MS to complete the Seven Summits.


This is an awesome and inspiring story. I remember in 2009 reading about Lori, reaching her goal of getting to the summit of Mount Everest. That was the first year we had World MS Day and to commemorate it Lori took a World MS Day Banner to the highest point of the world and displayed it.

Pulaski business on a mission to give back

Angie Gregory, co-owner of The Funky Goat, also is selling products inside the shop.

Gregory started her business after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, forcing her out of her job and limiting her use of one of her hands.

“Some people say I saved the goats life, but they saved mine,” Gregory said.

She’s utilizing goat milk to make things like hand lotion, soap and even lip balm.

To learn more information about The Funky Goat, visit their page on Facebook, email them at thefunkygoat100@gmail.com or visit their website, funkygoatsforus.com.


High fives to Robin Burdette, of The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady Company for helping others start new businesses like the one Angie Gregory who has MS started.

Issaquah honors soccer star after MS diagnosis; she vows to ‘get my cleats back on’

But while prepping for her freshman year at UW, doctors diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis.

“I think my whole life I’ve been battling smaller things – injuries just things that happen,” Longo said. “But with me, I’ve carried a passion for the game and a passion for soccer and a team and I think one diagnosis, one disease, isn’t gonna be able to hold me back from that.”

As if anything could.

“It’s not gonna define my life, and I’m gonna do what it takes to keep pushing through,” she said.

And if, by chance, she could ever use a push – well, her entire community’s got her back.

“It started out as a simple ‘let’s do something to support Claudia,’ and it took on a life of its own,” Claudia’s father Michael said. “Everyone just wanted to show their love and support of Claudia. We feel so blessed to be part of this great community.”


This is a sad but inspiring story about Claudia Longo being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and her attitude. This is sad because it is yet another case of a young adult being diagnosed with MS.

Inspiring because she has an attitude that says multiple sclerosis is not going to tell her she can’t play soccer. Also is the fact that her teammates and the community has her back.

I wish Claudia Longo best of luck in all of your endeavors.

Caledonia woman makes strides against MS

CALEDONIA — Rebecca Benish, along with her teammates, last week proved that a multiple sclerosis diagnosis doesn’t have to mean a sedentary life or confinement to a wheelchair.

Benish, 39, of Caledonia, was joined by more than 90 teammates in the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Oct. 21 in Detroit.

“It was so exciting,” Benish said of the marathon.

The members of the Run A Myelin My Shoes team, half of whom have MS, ran various distances: Some did the whole marathon, some did half and others, like Benish, took part in a relay. Benish ran 12.9 miles that day, making up two legs of the relay. Others from every continent across the globe joined in running or walking. The team worked to raise money and awareness for the National MS Society.


Congratulations and thank you to Rebecca Benish, Cheryl Hile and the rest of the Run A Myelin My Shoes team, on completing the Detroit Marathon. Excellent job of fund-raising and MS awareness.

Former Kentucky preps standout Brooke Dossett thriving despite MS


“She airballed a pull-up jumper, going left,” Ruffing says. “She normally has a really good pull-up jumper. You could sense it then, something was wrong.”

Dossett complained of blurred vision in her right eye. Doctors ruled out any connection to the concussion but couldn’t figure out the problem. When a Lexington specialist delivered the diagnosis, everybody in the room – Ruffing, Dossett, her parents, a team trainer – shared the same thought:

No more sports.

With Dossett, though, that notion lasted barely a nanosecond.

“She didn’t even blink,” Ruffing said. “That’s a moment I will never forget; how she kept it together.”

Dossett went home and dived into research. In Japan, Bishop did the same.

“I Googled ‘athletes with MS,’” Dossett said. “I found barely anyone who played.”

But “barely” isn’t “nobody.”

She discovered that Chris Wright, a former Georgetown University men’s basketball player, had done time in the NBA after being diagnosed with MS. Stan Belinda pitched in the major leagues, Josh Harding played goalie for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, and Lori Schneider scaled Mount Everest. All with MS.



This is an inspiring story about Brooke Dossett from Kentucky, who found her blurred vision was caused by multiple sclerosis. One of many bad things about MS is it can strike suddenly without warning as it did with Brooke. Since I was diagnosed I have met several who were suddenly struck with multiple sclerosis. Among them someone who collapsed at work as if they had a stroke. Another woke up one morning to find that they couldn’t see out of one eye and 3 others that were either partially or completely paralyzed when they woke in the morning.

Besides having MS myself this is another reason why I want to find a cure for MS. It’s very sad to see young adults suddenly struck down by MS.

Local mountain biker says 2,725 mile ride changed her life | WHNT.com

It’s the race of a lifetime.

“The ride itself starts in Banff, Canada and it finishes in Antelope Wells, New Mexico,” Grace told us.

It’s a race the length of the Rockies. She did the 2,725 miles ride in 42 days! “This was life changing event for me,” she told us afterwards. “I am completely satisfied at this moment.”

Grace’s biggest obstacle was her Multiple Sclerosis. It was replacing the 5,000 calories she was going to be burning each day.

via Local mountain biker says 2,725 mile ride changed her life | WHNT.com

Congratulations to Grace Ragland, for not only completing the 2018 Tour Divide, but doing it with MS and becoming the first from Alabama to complete the event.

According to the National MS Society as of October 2016, over 5,300 people were living in Alabama with MS.