Oc­cu­pa­tion: Free­lance writer Age: 59

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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.

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