Kayla Montgomery’s multiple sclerosis is to the point where she must collapse into the arms of her coach at the end of each race and hard workout since her feet and legs are numb at that point.
But the pain, fear and distress are all worth it to her.
“[Running] makes me feel normal, and whole,” Kayla told ESPN, which created the incredible video, “Catching Kayla,” shown below.
“It’s difficult to live with a disease where your own body’s fighting against yourself; so when I’m running I feel like I’m battling that, I feel like I’m safe from myself. As long as I’m running, everything’s fine.”
The Huffington Post picks up the report:
As the video shows, Montgomery has, over the last few years, transformed herself into a star athlete. Thanks to her unwavering dedication and hard work, she went from being just an average competitor to the best long distance runner at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., before eventually making a name for herself as one of the fastest distance runners in the state — and in the whole country.
Earlier this year, Montgomery clinched the North Carolina state title in the 3,200-meter race. “Her time of 10 minutes 43 seconds ranks her 21st in the country,” the New York Times wrote in March.
We can’t recommend strongly enough watching the beautifully-made video shown here. While shorter videos about Kayla are out there, this one is the most powerful in telling her story and it’s worth every second.
Kayla’s poise, determination and clear-eyed drive to her goals in the face of her condition makes clear this point: live in the present and enjoy each moment, as tomorrow there are no guarantees.