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You never know what someone is going through..... most of us put on our best face and smile even when we are facing some of the biggest battles in life.
Looking at this pic, would you ever think that I was pretty much blind? Well I was. As the expediter back stage told me to walk out to the X and start my routine, all I could think of was "well I hope I don't just walk right off the stage"
I had suffered a stroke 2 days before stepping on stage at the first ever WP Olympia Showdown in 2013 (where I still placed 6th); I thought it was a massive migraine. Later to find out I had suffered from a large stroke and it was caused by a birth defect in my heart. (PFO). I was unaware of this birth defect, and was told 25% of the population has this birth defect and don't find out until they have a stroke.
The chain of events that was set into play after this would forever change my life in many ways. Life would never be the same. And you know what? I'm grateful for the struggles and setbacks. Everything that happened taught me some valuable lessons.
To believe in myself.
To stay positive and put out good energy.
To be ok with failure and view it as a learning experience.
To trust my gut.
To appreciate my loved ones ever day.
To remember I am way stronger than I feel.
To know that if I work hard and focus on success, no matter the set backs, I can achieve my goals.
How good it feels to help others set their goals and be part of their journeys, wherever that may be to.
To know that no matter how low I feel, how hitting rock bottom is hard as hell to recover from, that I can stand on my own and pull myself up, better and stronger than before.
Life is one big learning experience. Its all about how you handle what's thrown at you every day....
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