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Like I'm Floating: Teen with MS Becomes a Running Star
Three years ago, Kayla Montgomery, 18, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable yet treatable disease of the central nervous system.
While Kayla can run long distances without feeling pain in her legs, when she stops, her limbs give out and she collapses. As she crosses the finish line, her coach catches her to keep her from falling.
"I don't feel anything at all," Kayla said in a TODAY segment Wednesday.
"It kind of feels like I'm just kind of floating,” she added. “There’s nothing underneath me.”
Kayla was profiled in Tuesday’s New York Times, in a story that explained that her condition blocks nerve signals from her legs to her brain and describes how her legs gradually go numb as she races yet become uncontrollable when she stops.