Kayla Montgomery Speaking

Multiple Sclerosis Made Me a Better Runner

Kayla Montgomery

One year after her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis at the young age of 15, Kayla Montgomery — a member of the Mount Tabor High School Cross Country team — was afraid, angry, and bitter. Far from the peak of health when she was diagnosed, she lived in denial of her illness until she realized that this was doing more harm than good. Then Kayla found a way to use the negativity that almost consumed her to help her understand and appreciate the positive things in her life that she could control. Her health improved. Her grades improved. And yes, her running improved. Kayla went undefeated in her senior year of cross country, earned three state titles, and now runs at the NCAA Division 1 level for Lipscomb University, where she helped her team win their fourth consecutive cross country conference title.

Kayla Montgomery

Kayla Montgomery

Kayla Montgomery was an avid soccer player as a child, but at the age of fifteen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, commonly called MS. In spite of the condition, Kayla continued to run competitively for her high school’s cross country team.
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