Hospices of Hope US

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February 15, 2018

Lyle Anderson will be running the LA Marathon 2018 in support of Hospices of Hope.

He has been living with Multiple Sclerosis diagnoses for more than 10 years and has one of the most awe-inspiring, amazing stories we have heard. We challenge you not to want to start running after you’ve read his interview!

Q.: Tell us a bit about yourself and your thoughts ahead of LA Marathon.

A.: I am 41 years old. I was diagnosed with MS on my 30th birthday. I never ran further than a half Marathon before being diagnosed with MS. My father in law signed me up to run my first Marathon in 2010. Since then I have run 50+ Marathons, three full Ironman races, twelve 1/2 Ironman races, one 50k Ultramarathon, five 50mile Ultra marathons, one 100mile Ultramarathon and several shorter distance races that I have not kept track of. I am running another 50mile race next weekend. I will also be doing another 1/2 Ironman race in May.

Q.: When were you diagnosed with MS and what was your reaction to hearing that you have this condition?

The Doctor told me that I would be in a wheelchair in 5-10 years when I was first diagnosed. So I really believed that at first. It took me a couple of years before I decided to take control of my life and my health.

Q.: Do you have a personal philosophy that has helped you to cope with having a serious illness like Multiple Sclerosis?

I believe that staying physically active is the key to coping with MS. Diet and exercise are the key to a long and active life. Even with MS.

Q.: What motivates you to run and train on a daily basis?

Running, biking and swimming are my medicine. I really can tell the difference when I miss a day of exercise. I stopped taking my medication about 3 years ago and have just focused on diet and exercise to see how my body reacted to just that. I am happy to say that I have not had a relapse ever since.

Q.: Do you ever struggle with finding the energy and drive to achieve your goals and how do you overcome that?

I have struggled with my energy levels some days. Keeping a schedule and routine really helps when I am not feeling motivated. Also having someone to train with is very helpful. I don’t want to let anyone down by not showing up.
What advice would you give to someone who has just been diagnosed with MS?
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do going forward. Keep active and push your limits to see what you are continuously capable of doing. Your mind is the strongest muscle in your body. So let your mind keep you focused on your goals. Always listen to your body. Sometimes you just have to take it back a notch. But if you are smart and have a plan to achieve your goals, don’t let someone else tell you that you can’t do it.

We wish best of luck to Lyle at this year’s LA Marathon and all his incredibly challenging races he is taking on. You can also read Alex’s interview, Hospices of Hope who will also run for Hospices of Hope at the LA Marathon here.

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