Conversation With Ann Romney, Wife of Republican Presidential Contender Mitt Romney

Ann Romney is a mother of five, grandmother to ten and the wife of Republican presidential contender and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Ann Romney was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, but she insists that she's "totally onboard" with her husband's bid for the White House.

The aspiring first lady sat down with ABC News' Kate Snow, just a day after her husband entered the race. What follows are extended excerpts of their conversation.

Romney on the Run

Snow: Are you ready for this?

Romney: I don't think so! (Laughs) No, I don't think we can anticipate what it's going to be like. Just sort of like, we've walked through a door, and we'll see what happens.

Snow: And you are fully onboard with it?

Romney: Totally onboard with it.

Snow: Because I know when he wanted to run, run for governor.

Romney: I was not onboard with that. I was not onboard with that.

Snow: But this time's different?

Romney: Yeah, I think this time is different, because when the governor's race came, it was, we had just finished the most extraordinary experience at the Salt Lake Winter games, the Winter Olympics, and it was such a high, and everyone was pulling the wagon the same direction. We were all so thrilled, it was great, the world was there, they were successful, it was just this euphoric feeling, and I did not want to step immediately into something that is so negative, with the campaign, after that. I wanted to take a breath, I wanted to enjoy what we'd done.

Romney: in the Race "No Matter What"

Snow: How are you feeling?

Romney: This is another reason I'm willing to go through this, I'm feeling well. I am, my health is good.

Snow: How is it so good? I mean, it seemed almost like you, there's some strange magical secret that you've got that you've been able to hold it.

Romney: (Laughs) No, it's, it's been a process. I have MS, as I'm sure that, I don't know what my intro has been, but I do struggle with the disease, and right now, I feel completely healthy, and wonderful, and a lot of energy, and I feel blessed. And, but I, but I was very, very sick. A number of years ago, in 1998, '99, 2000, 2001, all those years, I was very --

Snow: A long time.

Romney: Very, sick.

Snow: You could hardly lift a piece of paper.

Romney: No, I was, I was at points, there were times in my life where I was so weakened by it, and so sick, and so fatigued, that I couldn't function normally at all, and honestly thought that was the way the rest of my life was going to be, so I do feel blessed, and I do feel strong and healthy, and I, I've done a number of different things to make myself healthy, and I also feel like I'm blessed on top of it, so I don't know, it's hard to know what I do, and you know, what, what makes it work for me. I also love horses.

Snow: You do a lot of riding.

Romney: I ride, I try to ride every day. This is going to maybe get, crimp into that style a little bit, but the horses bring me, again, just like my grandchildren, absolutely, just extraordinary joy. I love to ride.

Snow: And you do, just to make sure I'm right on this, you do some holistic things as well?

Romney: I do.

Snow: You do yoga?

Romney: I do holistic things, yoga and pilates. Reflexology, acupuncture. I, I'm very, very conscious of not eating a lot of sugar, and white flours, and I mean, I really try to just stay as healthy as I can.

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