Growing up, many of us read about super heroes that come and save the day. Wearing capes & flying through the sky, these super powered individuals rescue us from danger and make a difference in the world.
As we get older, our heroes change from wearing tights and capes to those every day men and women who stand tall in the face of fear and steadfast in the face of evil. Our heroes today are the ones doing what they can, with what they have, to make a positive difference – even if in just one other person’s life.
Most people incorrectly believe themselves incapable of “making a difference.” In their eyes, and sometimes our eyes, we believe that we are only one person – how can just one person make any kind of difference?
“Fight each round, take it on the chin. And never never never ever give in.” – Olivia Newton John
In the fight of your life, you cannot ever give up. Never stop fighting. Your life is always worth competing for.
Our newest release pays homage to all of the women and men who have fought breast cancer, and will continue to fight it until a cure is found. No matter the adversity, no matter the odds, never, ever, ever give up.
Each month, Compete Every Day will interview inspirational athletes, entrepreneurs, leaders, & competitors. Each of these individuals will vary in their backgrounds & professions but share the same traits of competing for their life. This week’s interview features former CrossFit Games competitor Karen Pierce, of CrossFit Jaakahru & LivingAmped.com.
Last year, Karen was diagnosed with cervical cancer & life was thrown into a whirlwind. Karen blogged about her experience with cancer, CrossFit training, and her focus on rebuilding her body in 2015.
We really have no other way to phrase it. It’s an evil that is expected to hit 1.6 million Americans in 2012. Many are able to overcome it, but sadly, many do not. Out of the struggles against cancer, there shines the brightest of lights – hope, heart, strength, and the human body’s sheer will to survive. It’s incredible how much fight some people have inside of them that they never knew existed.
One of those brightly shining lights is from Kate Foster, a 13-year-old CrossFit athlete from Illinois. Kate was diagnosed with leukemia just over fifteen months ago. It was devastating on her family.
It started on a simple 5K run around the San Diego River in Mission Valley.
Ted Hoyt began to feel a slight numbness in his foot. The feeling quickly shot through his leg, torso, hand, and face, leaving his body with a tingling sensation. But as quickly as it appeared, it disappeared. Ted went back out for a five-mile run the following day when the numbness reappeared. As soon as Ted would walk, the feeling would go away, so he continued on with his life. It was only after he began losing energy during his workouts and forgetting long-time coworkers’ names did he realize something was wrong.
“Being an amateur runner and a CrossFit athlete, I thought I could work my way through the pain,” Ted recalls. But this was not something Ted could just work his way through.