A mother of two beautiful girls, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, will run at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k on Sunday 30 September to inspire her children and give hope to others living with the disease that they can still achieve great results.
33-year-old Lyndsey Samuel is originally from Northern Ireland but proudly calls Glasgow her home.
She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 7 years ago, just 5 months before her wedding.
Lyndsey said: “I hadn’t been unwell so it came as a huge shock when I lost the feeling in the right side of my body. I initially thought I had a trapped nerve from playing netball but unfortunately it quickly became apparent there was something more serious happening.
“It was terrifying at the time as the future seemed so unknown.”
Luckily, she has not had any relapses since she was diagnosed but fatigue, pain and sensory disturbances are a daily occurrence. Despite that, she is a successful speech and language therapist, a loving mother to two little girls and enjoys all the things she hoped she would from life.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k isn’t the first event for Lyndsey. Shortly after being diagnosed she cheered her husband and best friend on who ran a 10k in London to raise awareness of MS. Lyndsey loved the buzz from supporters and decided to participate in Race for Life in memory of her mother-in-law who passed away when Lyndsey’s first daughter was only 6 months.
Now she is a running enthusiast and has even inspired her oldest daughter to participate in junior runs.
Lyndsey said: “Running clears my mind, it also makes me feel strong. Something I feel so passionately about is teaching my daughters how important it is to feel strong and basically when I feel I can’t do it anymore I do it for them.”
Lyndsey is now in training for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k where she will again run for the MS Society.
She said: “I know first-hand how much of a difference research can make. Every penny counts towards improving the future of everyday people like me whose lives get turned upside down with a diagnosis like MS.”
Lyndsey will be joined by thousands of runners of all ages and abilities, all with their own personal story to tell.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, starting in George Square, is the perfect way to see some of the most iconic landmarks in Glasgow before runners celebrate their achievement by crossing the finish line at Glasgow Green. With a Family Mile, Junior Run and Toddler Dash on Super Saturday 29th September followed by 10k and half marathon distances on Sunday 30th, there’s no better time to get the whole family involved.
To find out more and enter visit www.greatscottishrun.com
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