In July of 2017, I went from Ironman ready to paralyzed.
Eventually diagnosed with Chronic Inflamatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), I would spend months in the hospital repeatedly making progress and then relapsing. My body attacks its’ own nervous system, eating away the nerves’ coating and damaging the nerves themselves.
Over and over. Again and again.
CIDP is an autoimmune disease with no cure, few treatments, and often bleak outcomes
50% of those with CIDP don’t go back to work
41% need assistance to walk or remain in a wheelchair
14 months after being paralyzed, I am running the Chicago Marathon
Because I can
Because others can’t
Because cures, treatments, and high quality rehab all require funding