At 27 my career was really starting to take off. I was traveling the world while working for an oil company. I had great friends around me with lots of laughs and lots of memories. It was a good life. Then in the middle of 2009, I was diagnosed with MS. I thought my life as I knew it would come to a halt. But the opposite happened to me, I grew as a person. I got stronger mentally and physically. I made the decision to not let MS hold back any of my dreams. My good life became a great life. Once I was able to learn that having MS would not change my life completely I got involved with the National MS Society. I started with the walk in Houston. Then I asked to become part of the Downtown Walk MS Committee. I captained my own team the Wizards of Az for the past three years and I even expanded my team to reach my family in Oklahoma City.
In 2012, I started to notice that the pain and numbness in my legs were getting worse. My doctors told me that after six months if my symptoms didn’t go away they may never go away. Then I heard about CrossFit. I thought that wasn’t for me. The normal gym routine was much more my thing but I tried it anyway. CrossFit and my box, Clutch Crossfit in Houston, Texas, changed my life. I no longer have the pain and numbness in my leg that I had for over a year. I don’t have to take pain medicine on a daily basis to help me through the day and I’m sleeping through the night which I had not done in four years.
I recently shared my battle of MS with my fellow athletes at Clutch after I completed the Tough Mudder. That had to be one of my proudest moments, standing at the finish line with my fellow Clutch athletes covered in mud and telling them that I am living with MS and I conquered the Tough Mudder.
Recently, my best friend was diagnosed with Birkett’s Lymphoma. She told me years before her diagnosis that she didn’t think she could be as graceful and strong as I have been over the years if she was given life altering news. Sitting with her in the hospital as she was having her first chemo treatment she told me that she knew she could be strong and fight the cancer because she has watched me day in and day out fight MS. She beat the Lymphoma as gracefully and as full of faith as anyone could have.
She may or may not know that she is my rock. I watched her fight Lymphoma and beat it and she inspired me to fight harder against my MS.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.