A Massachusetts native who has tracked lions in the African bush and gathered wild plants to eat to slow the onset of multiple sclerosis leads the cast of a new History Channel reality show.
Nicole Apelian appears in Season 2 of "Alone," which premieres at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday.
Apelian tells The Associated Press that being in the wilderness alone gives her strength and helps with her MS, which has affected her eyesight and ability to walk.
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She and the other contestants are competing to outlast one another on a remote part of Canada's Vancouver Island where bears, wolves and cougars roam freely. The winner takes home $500,000.
Apelian now lives in Portland, Oregon. She says she hopes her appearance on the show will inspire others to push themselves.