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So Glad You Found Us!

May 23, 2017

I am so excited to be here with you - Welcome!  My name is Danielle, and I have been living with Chronic Illnesses for a little over a decade at this point.  I am a mother to a rambunctious toddler, a full-time worker in HealthCare IT, and a Powerlifting Enthusiast!  I had spent my entire life up until becoming sick being physically active, and for years, I was knocked on my butt.  Steroids, immune-suppressants, anti-malarial drugs, and all sorts of alternative therapies had me dragging myself from bed to work and back to bed again...over and over and over.  


Then...I got knocked up!  I knew that life was going to HAVE to change, because this life (or lack thereof) would NOT work any more...but what could I do?  


I was lucky to have a fairly "normal" pregnancy...for a spoonie, anyway.  I had a weekly appointment with a Perinatologist, bi-weekly appointment with my OB, and a monthly appointment with my Rheumatologist.  "Normal".  After our baby girl arrived, and after a very difficult 4th trimester, I was actually feeling better than I had felt in years, so I used that to my advantage and joined a gym.  


I tried everything and hated it all.  I stepped on a treadmill.  HATE.  I got myself stuffed in a swimsuit (when your boobs are twice their size and full of milk this is HARD!) and got in the pool.  HATE.  I picked up some dumbells and copied the people around me.  HATE.  I wanted to take advantage of my pain being at a 6 instead of my normal 9-10, but what was I supposed to do?!  Then I saw it.  This woman, well into her 60's.  She strapped a belt on, bent over, and picked up a barbell that had big ole' plates on it.  And she was fitter than anyone I'd ever seen!  I went home, and scoured Youtube and became completely entranced with women powerlifters.  I found blogs about people who had chronic illnesses like myself who found their illnesses less severe after lifting.  I saw people who had overcome so much who seemed to have these changed experiences.  And seriously, how cool would I look lifting a big heavy barbell off the ground?!  And thus...I found my happy place...



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