Ep. 1 - Unstoppable: A Champion's Journey to Finding Purpose with Multiple Sclerosis with GB Athlete Lina Nielsen



Season 1. Episode 1.

Lina Nielsen is a British sprinter, hurdler and yoga instructor on the FitApp. When she was just 17, Lina was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Lina decided to keep her diagnosis a secret whilst competing for 9-years. Just two days before the World Athletics Championship Heats in 2022, Lina relapsed. This prompted her to tell the world about her MS diagnosis. 

In this episode, Lina joins Nicole to discuss her journey from first being diagnosed, how it’s impacted her career, the three non-negotiables she sticks by, and why she believes that track and field saved her.

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Episode Timestamps


How Lina first became interested in athletics


When Lina realised something wasn’t quite right with her body


Getting the MS diagnosis


The impact Lina’s diagnosis had on her athletic career


Using track and field as a mental and physical outlet


Waiting for the right moment to tell the world


The three things Lina has found helpful when it comes to managing her MS


The importance of knowing what you’re putting into your body


The mindset Lina carries and why it’s crucial


Lina’s advice for living well with MS

Belief is one of the things you have to carry, especially with something like MS. Not to be defeated, or let it consume you. See how you can use your diagnosis for good.


Essential learnings from this episode…

Lina’s reaction when she first got her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and why it’s ok to accept how you feel

The purpose MS has given Lina when it comes to her career and never taking anything for granted

The important role sleep, movement and an anti-inflammatory diet plays in managing Lina’s MS

Why a positive mindset is a vital component for Lina

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Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.