In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 16, 2018. Are you running Boston? Here’s how to share your story on Boston.com.
Name: Brendan Good
Bib #: 1182
The following entry was written and submitted by Good’s fiancée, Kelly Lannan.
The Friday before Labor Day weekend, the left side of my fiancé’s face started to feel numb. This was strange, but both of us really thought nothing of it and believed it would go away in a day or two.
We spent the long weekend down on Cape Cod, and, on Monday evening as we were getting ready to return to work, Brendan said that his face was still numb. We reached out to a doctor friend, and, although he believed it not to be serious, he suggested getting it checked out.
The next day, after Brendan explained his symptoms to a doctor, he was told that it was most likely Lyme disease, but to confirm they wanted him to get an MRI. We were sitting side by side in a hospital room when the doctor came in to deliver the results. It wasn’t Lyme disease. Instead they had found two lesions on his brain — results that indicated he had multiple sclerosis.
To say this was a shock was an understatement. Brendan was 29 years old. He had run seven Boston Marathons and had qualified for an eighth the following April. He spent most of Labor Day weekend throwing a football around on the beach. And now we were being told that he had a non-curable disease that disrupts the communication between the brain and the body.
Brendan runs because he refuses to be defined by his condition. He runs because running has always been a huge part of his life. He runs because he loves the city of Boston and Marathon Monday is his favorite day. Brendan runs to inspire and encourage those next to him on Boylston Street to just keep going.
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