We all have “scars” that make our CrossFit journey a little difficult, some physical, some mental. The recipient of this month’s Member of the Month has a situation that, in my opinion, is quite daunting, but she looks it daily in the face, and makes the absolute best of it that she possibly could.
February’s member of the month goes to 5-amer, Amy Vernon. Here’s a little background on Amy in her own words:
“ I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 3 months after I was married in 2007. My symptoms range from tingling and itching in my legs to complete numbness and not being able to walk. After finally getting the pain under control, I slowly started changing my life so that I could keep MS at bay. I have gone through many relapses with the worst being last spring. I decided I needed to be more proactive about my health. I had always worked out, but not seriously and my eating habits were not great, to say the least. I knew about Crossfit from a few friends and decided to give it a try in July of 2013. I was immediately impressed by the camaraderie at Shoreline and I knew this was the place for me. I learned how to eat better and how to work out. I am able to accomplish goals that I would not have even attempted before Shoreline. I just recently had a relapse, but it’s been the first one in almost a year. I know this is just a bump in the road and I will be back on track at the 5:00 am class”.
Amy has lost weight since joining CrossFit, she has gone longer than ever without having a relapse, but more than this, she has overcome so many mental obstacles through conquering goals at Shoreline CrossFit. In December, Amy competed in our Northeast Master’s Competition, as her family and support group of 5-amers watched on proudly.
Amy embodies the tenacity, positivity, a grit that Shoreline CrossFit boasts. For this reason, she is our Member of the Month. Continue to battle the way that you do, and inspire all those who WOD beside you (even those that can’t get up by 5 am, but WOD with you in spirit).