Being an athlete all my life has afforded me luxuries and experiences to last four lifetimes. I have competed in no less than five countries, including several world championships in obstacle course racing and paintball. At 5’3” I was never “limited.” I have even played collegiate men’s volleyball and tried out for the 1996 Olympic sports festival team. That is until…
November 2, 2017, at the age of 43, I suffered a “Widow Maker” heart attack. After being shocked back to life four times, I received two stents in my left anterior descending artery which was 100% blocked. I was instructed to resume life as usual since my fitness level was the reason I survived. However, I now operate with 40% ejection fraction, so my competitive days are behind me… sort of.
It is my passion and mission to make my remaining days add up, to be the example I was meant to be to my two sons (19 & 16). To help lift others up and provide substance to those who are challenged. Having the platform of “For Those Who Would” to make a difference is a blessing. I am blessed to still live a “normal” life and now I can use this platform to pursue my passion and make a difference in the lives of those who are limited or challenged, to encourage and inspire others to continue to move forward, keep fighting the good fight and lift others up.