“Hi, this is Lori Schneider.  In June of '09, I returned from Nepal, where I completed the climb of my life.  Years ago, Multiple Sclerosis WAS the climb of my life, and I feel fortunate that I have summited that obstacle and am now descending from the pain and fear.  I know of many others with MS that have not been as fortunate as I am, and they were with me in spirit, as I scaled Mt. Everest.  Life with MS can be very difficult at times, but it is often those very challenges that make us stronger.  I have let go of the fear and am living my dreams while I can.  If I need to let go of some of the "physical" dreams in the future, I will find new dreams to pursue.  I climbed this mountain for all of us with MS, and it was an honor to do so. Believe in yourself and live your dreams.”

-Lori Schneider
 


 

Lori's World Record

"7 SUMMITS" Stats-The official SEVEN SUMMITS list registers people from around the world who have climbed the highest peak on each continent.
 
 
 
Lori Schneider is motivated by her desire to inspire and help people with MS and other life challenges.  "I want to help people move beyond their limitations and the labels that prevent them from living their dreams," she says.  Lori's symptoms and vision problems come and go, and she's grateful that her symptoms have abated in recent years.  "At first I saw my MS diagnosis as devastating," says Lori.  "Now I see that it has been a positive catalyst in my life and moved me closer to living my dreams.  My mission is to give hope to others who are living with this condition."  In presentations to school children, she defines MS as meaning "mostly strong."

MS  affects many people worldwide
Lori Schneider was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1999, after the left side of her body became numb overnight.  The diagnosis was terrifying, and the memories of those first days, weeks and months inspired her Seven Summits quest.  As she trained and summited those peaks, Lori conquered her own “mountain” of feelings about life with MS, and has given hope to other MS patients.

According to the National MS Society, MS is a condition that attacks nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.  It can cause numbness, blurred vision and blindness, loss of balance, tremors, extreme fatigue, poor coordination, slurred speech, memory and concentration problems and more.

The symptoms may come and go, or be permanent.  Regardless of a patient’s current health, knowing that MS is unpredictable and symptoms may appear or worsen at any time is a challenge to those living with MS. 

MS strikes people of all ages, although most are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50.  More than 400,000 Americans and 2.5 million people around the world have MS.

Although there currently is no cure, treatments are available for MS and its symptoms. 

For more information about the different types of MS, treatment options, research information and more, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

 

For a another personal perspective on MS please take the time to watch:

The Show Must Go On
a film by Kristie Salerno Kent about living with MS.
and
A Conversation: Three Women Living with MS
by  filmmaker Melinda Binks
 

“PLEASE watch this moving video put out by the World MS Day organization, set to the powerful music of U2.  The final minute has me in tears every time.
It's a Beautiful Day...

 

On May 27, 2009 the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation launched the first ever World MS Day in an effort to unite individuals, groups and organizations in the global movement.  The Day provided people with an interest in or a link to MS, with an opportunity to participate in events and activities that will raised awareness of MS as a global issue and raise funds to support the work of the movement.  Join the movement! 
 

Click here to learn more about World MS Day


 
Click here to read a story about Lori Schneider written by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  

Also Lori Schneider is featured on the MS International Federation web site at
First person with MS to climb Mount Everest, Lori Schneider, visits MSIF office