“I discovered rock climbing by luck,” she says. “Doctors said I needed to strengthen my muscles, but I struggled to find exercise that didn’t cause pain and my joints to dislocate. I tried indoor rock climbing in January 2016. It decreases pain and strengthens my muscles just enough to keep things in place.”
She discovered the Adaptive Climbing Group, a community for people with disabilities who participate in climbing. The group accepted her as the only climber from Missouri. She qualified for the international event in Paris after placing third at a climbing event in Georgia July 22.
“Rock climbing is saving my quality of life, and I consider it a true treatment option for the way I am personally affected by EDS,” Raskas says.
Article by Kelly Pahl