Episode 14: Andy McKenna is Stoked on MS

Since the 1980s, Andy McKenna has been a dedicated mountain biker, spending his life poring over maps, dreaming and exploring the mountains of Scotland and beyond. Turning his passion for two-wheeled adventure into a multi-award-winning mountain bike guiding and tour business in 2008, Andy is an experienced mountain bike guide and reluctant administrator who along with his wife Aneela balance their busy working lives by making sure they both takes their 'medicine’ regularly, meaning together getting out of the office, into the hills on their bikes as often as possible.

Andy has been living with MS without use of MS medication since 2007 and is the driving force behind ‘Stoked on MS’ (irony intentional) and through this hopes to shine a light of hope on the reality of leading a healthy, productive and active existence by adopting the Overcoming MS way of life.

Questions:

  • Can you tell us a little about yourself: where are you from? What do you do? 

  • How did you find your passion for cycling? Tell us a little about your journey to becoming an avid mountain biker. 

  • What is Go-Where?  

  • How did your MS diagnosis change your relationship with your cycling passion? What did you do about it? 

  • What limitations has your MS introduced to your active lifestyle, and how have you dealt with or overcome them?

  • What is Stoked on MS? 

  • How did you discover OMS and what has your experience been with its approach to MS management? 

  • What compelled you to dedicate some of your fundraising efforts to OMS (which, by the way, resulted in over £70,000 in collective contributions to date)? 

  • If you had one piece of wisdom or inspiration to impart to someone newly diagnosed with MS, what would it be? 

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Metaspencer (not verified)

Another great episode ... thanks for the cast and getting Andy to tell his powerful story. :)

Anonymous (not verified)

I am biased...he is my wee brother...but i found this inspirational due to the balanced, considered, down to earth, witty and intelligent nature of Andrew’s story...the story of an ordinary guy dealing with MS in a very ordinary, yet at the same time, very, very extraordinary way. Loved it thanks.

Sally (not verified)

So good to hear Andy’s thoughts as I’m also a great believer that diet, exercise along with a positive outlook on life in general, is the key to keeping well and living with MS.