Have you ever faced a situation that you thought was impossible to overcome? I have been fortunate to be around some of the world’s best athletes. I have seen them overcome injuries, setbacks, opponent changes, etc. But one of the best overcomers I know is my wife, Jenn.
In 2019, at age 38, we got the bad news. The “C” word, “You have cancer!” It was by far one of the lowest moments in our lives. She was doing everything right, eating well, exercising, etc. But cancer still found her. Just like millions of other people a year, cancer finds them.
Cancer was not going to hold her back. Her faith and dedication helped her overcome 8 rounds of chemo, 21 rounds of radiation, her hair falling out, and feeling sick for days after her treatment. Her ability to rise up during her treatments and get on the treadmill was inspiring! It was a turning point in my life.
She worked out as much as she could during her treatments, she would even work out before we headed out the door to chemotherapy. Her dedication to staying healthy with poison in her body was truly inspiring.
It has now been a little over a year since her last radiation treatment. Even though she continues to be on hormone therapy, I see her get up every day before the sun comes up (she would NEVER do that before cancer) to work out. She rides her Peloton bike and participates in the other strength and yoga classes every day (we have plenty of recovery workouts worked in weekly).
This true dedication to fitness has not only changed her life but mine as well. Her dedication has inspired me to get up, workout, and get on with my day. Our commitment to each other in this supportive environment has helped us eat healthier and lead our children by example.
Our daily habits have changed to a more health-focused way of life. We show our children our dedication to healthy habits by emphasizing lifestyle, exercise and eating real food. We pray that they adopt these habits for themselves and their families in the future.
The future of America’s health looks grim. But, I hope and pray that we can overcome this giant obstacle in front of us. I do know that it starts with us as parents. We need to change our habits and lead our children to better health.
I hope to inspire just one person to overcome the obstacles in front of them. A little determination and pure grit will get you over the hurdle. We will always be faced with challenges in our lives. How you handle these challenges will develop your character to take on bigger challenges.
God will never give us more than we can handle, but He will challenge us. Obstacles are in our way for us to overcome them. We are here to help you push overcome and live a life beyond the gym walls!