Monday, January 19, 2009

She's making the rest of us look bad

Woman with multiple sclerosis will attempt Everest

By MARK MORICAL | The (Bend) Bulletin • Published January 18, 2009

BEND, Ore. — Wendy Booker’s left side is numb from her toes to the top of her rib cage.

Yet somehow, she has managed to climb the tallest peaks on six continents. For Booker to complete the climbing feat known as the Seven Summits, just one peak remains: Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth.

Living with multiple sclerosis, Booker says, is much like climbing a mountain.

“I wanted to show what life with MS is like,” she says. “It’s a struggle. You can’t always get to the top.”

Booker, 54, will strive to become the first person with multiple sclerosis to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents when she attempts Everest this spring.

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