On August 2nd of 2013, I was involved in a car accident that resulted in the amputation of my right arm above my elbow. My boyfriend, Daniel, and I were on our way to see our families who lived 4 hours away. It was a beautiful Friday morning that was quickly darkened when our tire all of a sudden blew out and all control of the vehicle was lost. As I sat in the grass with strangers surrounding me, I couldn’t help but only think of the first crossfit competition I had signed up to do a couple of weeks from that day. Nothing else seemed to cross my mind but crossfit and I’m glad it did. I mentally prepared myself for what was to come, had a successful surgery and was back at my apartment three days later.
I lost a lot that day. I lost confidence in myself as a woman, I lost dreams and I lost a piece of me that I didn’t think I could ever get back. My arm was never and will never be something I consider as a loss, it was everything that the eye couldn’t see. I stayed strong on the inside and out for my family, my boyfriend and my friends. I pushed myself to learn to live a normal life very quickly for them. The last thing I wanted was for the important people in my life to see me weak, because I wasn’t raised to be weak. I still deal with my losses, but never in public. I still cry, but never when anyone can see. I went back to crossfit a month after my accident because I wanted to prove to others and myself that I was still the same strong willed person since before the accident. I found comfort and relief in doing crossfit. I found confidence and I found the piece of me I thought I had lost forever.
Crossfit saved my life and it helped me find the super woman that I had inside me all along. I have competed in a number of crossfit competitions, beat my personal records countless times, inspired people around the world and put myself in a chapter of my life that I never want to end. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I was put in that vehicle, on that day and in that time to blossom and be an example to the masses that life doesn’t have to stop or end because of one tragic event; it can be made into the most beautiful life when you believe in yourself.
Congratulations, you are an inspiration to all of us.