First-Time Denver Mucker and MS Fighter, Meg P.
For many, MuckFest MS® is a place to find support in their battle with MS. For Megan P., it was also her opportunity to reveal that she was diagnosed with MS at 19 and has been battling it for more than two decades. Signing up MuckFest MS Denver was her first step toward sharing that she has been living with multiple sclerosis.
“This is the first time I’ve talked about having MS in a public way. I am someone that people see as very energetic! But, I was just was re-diagnosed to progressive MS. I previously had been relapsing. So, that is why my team stepped up to do this with me. I was really pumped when I saw that MuckFest talked about backing research for progressive MS.”
She and her teammates are coming from all across the country to participate in MuckFest MS Denver. New muckers will be coming in from Atlanta (Meg’s current home city), plus Arkansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Arizona. Her team consists of family, friends, and her coworkers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As a Colorado native originally, she is excited to “bring lots of outsiders to Denver!”
She is also ready to share her story of living with MS.
“I posted it on my Facebook page that I was doing this event and why, and I realized that so many people didn’t know about my diagnosis. I didn’t know I had to make an announcement, but this was how a lot of people found out. The support and donations have been great since then.
“One of the things you always worry about with MS is movement, so this is a big step for me to do a race like this. Two things I love are motion and fun. To experience both, while supporting a cause that’s very near and dear to me…It’s going to be amazing!”
She has been prepping to get moving with a little bit of CrossFit and some rowing, and thinks that her past as a snowboarder will help! Still, she’s most nervous about balancing on the Shake & Quake and will be relying on her teammates for help. She is the most pumped to try Swing Set!
“Part of my job is teaching people to have fun with kids. I get to act like a kid on MuckFest MS, and get to watch other people doing this really playful thing. Also, I’m raising money for this cause. I’ll be surrounded by people who will have raised money that can help me.”
With the support of her friends and family, Meg is ready to take on the muck.