At age 13,
I weighed over 200 pounds.
I had undetected childhood arthritis in both knees, fused metatarsals in my left foot and an intense growth spurt...simultaneously. This trauma to my joints had me on crutches for over a year, then in a wheelchair. My doctors didn’t know how or when I would recover. I decided to take matters into my own hands. I wanted to feel my body again, I needed to run and play like other young teens. I threw down my crutches and realized anything would be less painful than a life like that. Through the power of Richard Simmons’ Sweatin’ to the Oldies, and Deal-A-Meal, I healed myself and began a new life.
When I was 22,
I got run over by an 18-wheeler while riding my bicycle
I was just beginning my journey into the fitness world, working at the downtown YMCA in San Francisco as a Wellness Coach. I wanted to get certified as a personal trainer to supplement my freelance graphic design career. While riding my bicycle from one graphic design client to the next appointment…BAM! An 18-wheeler without a turn signal starts to turn directly in front of me, knocks my off my bike, runs over me, and keeps going. The major injury being a nasty broken ankle that required surgical repair and a lifetime of metal plate and screws. And I thought THAT was a crazy story to tell…”I got run over by an 18-wheeler, and all I got was this lousy metal ankle!”
Three years later
on the same day of the year…I was nearly killed by a 17-year-old drunk driver
Now this is where shit gets cray. As if getting run over by an 18-wheeler wasn’t crazy…three years later ON THE SAME DAY OF THE YEAR I was nearly killed by a 17-year-old drunk driver while riding my bicycle home in San Francisco. This made the 18-wheeler look like a paper cut. She rode with me on the hood of her pickup truck from almost two blocks, then fishtailed to shake me off, rode over my body, and kept going. This was a hit-and-run for the record books. I was left with a broken neck, lacerated liver, huge patches of hair and freckles ripped off my body, and the injury list goes on…