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When adversity strikes Lindsey Ramsak, she strikes right back.
In 2008, she was diagnosed with MS. “My stubborn streak got incited, and I poured myself into horseback riding,” says Ramsak, who lives in Bristol.
In 2011, she was thrown from a horse. She had a dozen fractures – “collarbone, ribs, shoulder, you name it” – and a collapsed lung. An ER doctor told her she could have died.
But she didn’t, and when she came back from the accident, she began walking, then running. In 2013, she entered the first of several 5K races, and today she is training for the Chicago Marathon, often doing canicross (cross-country running harnessed to dogs).
Ramsak eventually got kicked out of the MS clinic because of eight years of unchanged MRIs, but she still has symptoms. Her feet feel numb, and she gets sudden-onset fatigue.
“Because I’m able to move, I want to keep moving,” she says.