Overcoming MS to conquer challenge
Nine months ago Sue Delarue couldn’t walk 100 metres without feeling fatigued.
But recently she trekked 13km around the Maungatautari Mountain Track, from north to south, to show the multiple sclerosis disease she’s battling who’s boss.
The 48-year-old woman decided to tackle the well-known walking track on her birthday.
She worked for the Maungatautari Trust and was often asked by visitors about the walking tracks.
She could only give second-hand information as she had never ventured on them before.
That was until she conquered the Maungatautari Mountain Track.
‘‘It was amazing, I was nervous as anything, however, excited that the day had finally come,’’ she said.
Delarue had spent months preparing, building her strength at the Cambridge Fitness Centre with her personal trainer Pam NewcombWadsworth.
Her determination through the journey had been an inspiration to others. Some supporters joined her at the start of the track on the north- ern side of the mountain.
‘‘Even my neurologist from Waikato Hospital was there to support me in amongst my friends, MS Waikato staff, volunteers and colleagues from the Maungatautari Trust,’’ Delarue said.
Delarue’s expectations of the first part of the journey being tough came true.
‘‘The first two hours were hard going, steep uphill rises, however with a 21 strong support group, encouragement and laughter, we made it to the top.
‘‘We all sat down to lunch at the saddle before continuing for another four hours.’’
There were plenty of stops along the journey as she watched rare birdlife and take in some views, and drink soup. ‘‘Any excuse for a rest,’’ she said. When she reached the visitor centre her support crew was there to applaud her effort.
And because it was her birthday, there was a pot of tea, a dairy-free birthday cake and flowers waiting.
‘‘I was elated and overwhelmed with my achievement and thankful for the great support.
‘‘I was smiling all the way, I met my goal. I lived my dream.’’
Sue Delarue ready to stroll around Maungatautari.