Hi! This is Mikel. I was born in 1980 in Eibar, Basque Country. In February 2018 I was diagnosed multiple sclerosis.
Shortly, this is how it happened: I went for a run in the mountain but during downhills I had some double vision issues. After some days in the hospital doctors found a demyelinating process in my brain and the analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid ended with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Not the kind of thing you expect to listen when you’re 38 years old and finished a marathon a few months before.
Well, here and today I feel great. I have a “normal life”. Once a week I take Avonex, the medicine that tries to keep the disease asleep. I try to take care of myself as much as possible with a healthy lifestyle, sport and diet.
In September 2018 I changed my diet and started practising more sports. This was a tipping point and my physical status and mood improved a lot.
After the lumbar puncture my physical status dropped incredibly. A week after leaving the hospital I started my recovery process by establishing small challenges and goals. First in the swimming pool, afterwards cycling and running.
I run a half marathon in Donostia – San Sebastian in November 2018 and a mountain marathon in June 2019. It was not just any marathon but Zegama-Aizkorri. Nobody was happier than me in the starting point. And, what can I say about the race. It’s amazing. You can’t believe it until you’re living it inside.
When I posted on Twitter my ambition to run Zegama-Aizkorri the message got many retweets and I was interviewed by many media. These interviews helped me giving more information about multiple sclerosis. I’m not here for giving lessons, just for telling my story.
You can follow me on Twitter or send a message to mikellizarralde (at) gmail.com.