“To stand on the podium with hundreds, thousands of people watching, and to know I’m truly competing with the best athletes in the world my age… it was the thrill of a lifetime.
It got to the point where I could not lift my leg up, I was getting muscle cramps everywhere. My coach wondered if I had Parkinson’s, we had no idea what was happening in my body.
I’d been to physical therapy and I’d been to chiropractors and a lot of different professionals getting help… I was not getting better, I hurt everywhere, it made no sense to me and I thought this could be the end of being an athlete for me.
I remember the moment that you looked at me and said, “I know what this is. You’re going to be fine.” You took this mess that was happening in my body, you figured it out, and offered hope.
I’ve had no recurring issue with my back, despite the demands I put on it.”