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Danish Woman Cures Her Multiple Sclerosis By Running 366 Marathons In 365 Days

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A Danish woman has claimed that she managed to cure her multiple sclerosis by running 366 marathons in 365 days.

Annette Fredskov ran 26.2 miles every day for a year, and then on July 14 she even found time to run a double marathon.

The 41-year-old, who is the mother to two children, Emile and Viktor who are aged 11 and 9 respectively, and on the final leg of her journey, which took place in her home town of Naestved, near Copenhagen, she was joined by around a dozen other runners.

When she crossed the line in her final marathon, Mrs Fredskov remarked, “It has been a completely wonderful day. My dream has come true, and it can not be described with words. It has been a gigantic feast of running and I am completely overwhelmed, happy, grateful, and tired.”

Mrs Fredskov was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which damages the central nervous system and gives horrible pain, and muscle issues to its victim, around 3 years ago. However she refused to let the disease ruin her life and the self-proclaimed, “ordinary woman, mother and wife” took part in her first marathon in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2010.

Mrs Fredskov labelled it as “love at first run” and since then she has progressively taken part in more and more races. In 2011 she even ran in 51 “cannonballs” which are small marathons that take place in Denmark.

Inspired by other MS sufferers, Mrs Fredskov persisted with her running, writing a blog that documented her efforts. She said of the disease, “It should not deter you from living life to the fullest and going for your dreams. It is my hope that I am able to inspire others to do what they dream about.”

Mrs Fredskov was able to complete her marathons in around five hours, and after completing her final run, she stated, “Three years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and today I have – without drugs – no discomfort or symptoms. I believe that racing and the marathons have a big impact on that.”

Do you think running 366 marathons in 365 days helped to cure Annette Fredskov?

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14 Responses to “Danish Woman Cures Her Multiple Sclerosis By Running 366 Marathons In 365 Days”

  1. Kim MacLennan Peeters

    Um no…..But if she feels good, more power to her.

  2. Lamar Freed

    All of us who have MS have to do something that makes us feel that we are not the helpless victims of a random tragedy. This strategy seems extreme. But if that is what she needed, then it certainly did no damage to her cardiac health. But I would still encourage her to take immune modulating therapies in order to reduce the odds of progression. Twenty years ago my MS would not have permitted that level of activity. But I still worked full time and engaged in other activities. Now I can't. It is typically a slowly progressing disease with an idiosyncratic course and symptoms. The experience of one person with MS indicates only that persons experience. Like Kim says, if she feels good, more power to her.

  3. Steven Ruble

    The real truth is in the MRI, what does it show?
    MS patient of 30 years and former open ocean competitive distance swimmer.

  4. Steven Ruble

    The real truth of status of her MS is in the MRI results, where are they? Will you report them? I have had MS for over 30 years and had to abandon competitive open ocean distance swimming because of it. Wish this story was true, however, looks like false hope too me. Given the typical course of MS this reads like the rise before the fall, I experienced. And that is the devastating reality of MS! The medical truth please… not a sensationalist story.

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  5. Cathey Thomas

    I'd REALLY like to know upon what her diagnosis was based in the first place. Did she have an MRI? Did she also have an LP with MS panel? I very seriously doubt it. MS is often misdiagnosed, and without definitive tests, over-diagnosed. I don't think she ever had MS. (BTW, I've had it for 10 years.)

  6. Steven Ruble

    Sounds like you are more informed than the author. After 30 years of MS, my experience has been the more informed people continue to be, the better they get along in the long run. They are active participants, not submissively sitting on the sidelines marking time. Keep on Trucking!

  7. Kimberly Flanigan

    let's see how she is doing in 10 years…most likely her MS is in remission…not cured.

  8. Steven Ruble

    Ms Peeters, No problem with what ever she does in her personal/private life. She could eat raw worms and hot sauce with warm sea water and claim it cures her MS, I would not care. However, when the media picks it up and deliberately perpetuates this known misinformation they do an unbelievable disservice to the over 400,000 Americans, and their families, living with MS. It is an ultimate challenge in life to have a progressively degenerative neurological disease that has no known cause or cure. This story does not help MS patients, it hurts them and the public's perception of people with MS! The harm is in publicly and deliberately choosing to perpetuate a known fraud, by a media we are supposed to trust … and they outright lie! That is where I see the harm. How about you, do you see any harm in false reporting?

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