Dangerous and stupid, wants money

November 19th, 2011  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  2 Comments

Stumptuous reader Martha Stallman, once featured as a Stumptuous Fitness Model, has an inspiring story. Struggling with her weight, diagnosed with MS, she was told she might as well give up and hang out in God’s waiting room for the next several decades.

She flipped fat and fate the bird, and went on to kick some serious ass.

Now she’s running the Warrior Dash to support a local food bank.

Check out her story, and if you’re as inspired by it as I am, send a few shekels to the food bank, support Martha in the general project of being awesome, and help stamp out hunger.

As she writes:

“Over the course of my illness I have: gone deaf, lost the use of my hand, lost the ability to swallow, gone blind, been paralyzed on one side of my body, been paralyzed from the waist down, suffered various obnoxious physical indignities both large and small. I come back every time, slower and clumsier and more pissed off, but back nonetheless… But I’m lucky as hell… A lot of folks aren’t as lucky. MOST folks aren’t as lucky.”

Kick ass, Martha!


  1. Jasmine says:

    November 25th, 2011at 11:14 am(#)

    Glad to hear she’s not letting her disease get her down. I work with an MS Clinic, and some people are defeated before they even get the positive diagnosis, it’s rather upsetting to be around.

  2. Neil says:

    November 27th, 2011at 11:58 am(#)

    Firstly, Martha, how did it go?
    What an extraordinary individual!
    Love the sense of humour!
    Reading Martha’s lines (from the other side of the planet) brings me fun, awe, a feeling of oneness with this lady, and a brief flash of anger. Do neurologists in your part of the world try to crush you with the line “in five years, you’ll be in a wheelchair?” That’s exactly the line thrown at me when diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1998. I’m in Australia.
    Why do they do it? To gain patient submission?
    Jasmine you say that you find some diagnosed with MS are already defeated when you meet them.
    That’s my impression with PD people, too. Defeatism is unfortunate enough but is inexcusable if instilled and sustained by the medical profession.
    Thanks, Martha.
    My best

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