‘The Horse Can Walk for Me:’ Battling Multiple Sclerosis on Horseback

“I grew up as a horse-crazy city kid.”

Liberty Landris has now turned into a horse crazy lady. She owns 3 horses and a couple acres of land in Fairview. Any chance she gets she’s out on the trail doing the thing she loves the most – riding. On the trail she leaves her worries, problems and thoughts of her disease at home. She has Multiple Sclerosis.

“I can’t do many things that I used to be able to do. I lost a lot of strength and I can’t remember things – it’s been a struggle,” says Landris.

And just a few years ago she knew something wasn’t right. “2.5 years ago I stated having a lot of weird symptoms like numbness in half my body. I lost a lot of mobility and couldn’t talk right – couldn’t think right,” says Landris.

Being on the horseback makes her feel like her old self. “It’s one of the things that makes me feel like I used to feel – makes me feel like the same person I was,” says Landris.

Liberty and her long-time friend Denise Rooker are hosting their annual Run Walk or Trot for MS again this year, benefiting MS research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Denise Rooker says, “The MS has totally changed the relationship and the struggles for her emotionally physically and financially and mentally.

This friendship is so strong that they won’t let anything – not even an Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis chase away the things they love the most.

“I’m very grateful it hasn’t taken away my horses – I expected it to and I feel like it still might. It’ll be a hard day,” says Landris.

If you are interested in attending the event, contact: (989) 745-5102

 

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