I am a full-time EMS worker and student and have been doing CrossFit® for two years now and I also am Disabled or how I like to say it, Adaptive. I have a Klippel Trenaunay syndrome, which is a vascular malformation syndrome that affects my muscle use and development and nerves on one of my legs including bone.
Depending on my schedule I attend anywhere from 6 am to the 5:30pm class
I had heard about Crossfit® from my mom who has seen great progress and muscle progression with her own self and her journey with it. I had always seen aswell Crossfit® athletes or the people that do it and I always thought I would not be able to do it until I eventually signed up and realized I could and fell absolutely in love with it.
I had tried EVERYTHING to lose weight from countless gym memberships home videos, apps, diets pills etc. Nothing worked. When I finally was introduced to cross fit I knew it was the perfect thing I needed in my life to not only be "duty ready" but also my health with the syndrome I have. Once doctors had said it had progressed and I would need to do treatments and stay fit or I would lose my leg. I knew this kind of workout and community is what I needed to keep me going.
I've become more consistent for sure, I fuel my body better, I train 4-5 days a week. My mentality has changed too. I try to avoid ever walking into the box thinking "Can I do this?" and always know I will be able to do a movement or WOD maybe not RX but eventually as long as I dont give up.
Where to start?! I have made countless new friendships, I have lost over 40lbs and I have completely got off cardiac medication for a murmur. I lowered all doses on my pain medication for my leg. I have gained over 25% muscle increase in my affected leg. Mentally, I have proven to myself that I can do this, I can get healthy, I can get up and fight every day no matter what a medical report says.
My biggest motivation is you never know who is watching you, I think of the days I would be so frustrated working with a skill bar or a PVC pipe to where I am now and It just reminds you of the process and how wonderful this fitness journey is for all of us no matter what we start off with or what issues we come in with. Its a community there to help each other.
ALWAYS show up for a WOD when you can whether you like it or not. Never doubt what you will be able to accomplish with this, a day from now 6 months from now even a year from now. But, more importantly never to give up on yourself and your fitness goals.
Crossfit® has opened countless opportunities form me especially when I got sick, I am now a sponsored athlete for the "I am adaptive" athlete movement, I am an ambassador for two nutrition programs, My next goal is to get my Level 1 coaching because I want to give back to my box and coaches for all the hard work and persistent they had with me and also show people if I can do it, you can do it.
Thanks for reading my untold story,