Despite MS, Meller Set to Run Garry Bjorklund

By KBJR News 1

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It was the morning of February 24th. Alyssa Meller was just hoping her Inbox was empty.

"I look at my email, and I go 'oh crap,'" she said. "I got in."

She got into the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and in front of her stood 13.1 miles.

"Fate was decided. I said I was going to do it if I got in so I'm going to do it. I'm going to do my best at it that I can," Meller said.

Five years ago, it looked like she'd never have the chance to run it.

With numbness and tingling in her legs, the Hermantown native knew something was wrong.

"It's kind of a mystery how all of a sudden I had it," she said.

She had multiple sclerosis and admits the months immediately following were the toughest.

"I lost who I was," she said. "You go from being a normal adult from an active teenager into college, and realize you get the diagnosis and all of the bad things go through your mind of what that is."

What didn't go through her mind was running a half marathon until this past winter.

In just a few days days, thousands of runners will cross the finish line in Canal Park, and Meller hopes to be one of them."

"I'm so excited. I'm very proud of myself for attempting this and for training and for doing it. When you asked me that, I got goose bumps. It's going to be a huge moment for me. It's a big moment," she said.

A moment that Meller says she would've never imagined even before her MS.

"Doing things that even before this diagnosis that I thought I'd never do," Meller said. "And run is one of those things."

Running to show she's made strong, multiple sclerosis and all.

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