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My Lung Condition

Because this topic garners a lot of questions and curiosity, here is a brief explanation of my lung condition:

As a child (~7), I contracted severeĀ Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough [I was unable to be vaccinated due to an allergy to the vaccine]. Unfortunately, the violent coughing left me with structural damage – which then led to the formation of scar tissue, which limits my air capacity, and slows down the rate at which I can metabolize oxygen. In short, I can’t breathe as fast, or hold as much air as the average person. And when this is strained, it can really hurt.

As a result of this condition, cardio has been extremely difficult for me. Through my school years I struggled through gym class, and was the last person to finish any laps, or timed runs. Hell, even a large flight of stairs or a moderate incline would leave me winded. (This is why people from high school would never suspect I would be a fitness model now!)

It took a long time to be able to perform cardio in any capacity. It was a very long, very slow process. Even now, tread mills and running are not my friends. But I know how to work around it. I know how to push myself effectively, without putting myself in danger. And every day, I’m getting stronger!

Just to be clear, my lung condition is just a part of who I am, and overcoming it is not what makes me a great fitness model or anything of the sort. I’m not going to push my story to win sympathy, or attention. I am proud of myself, yes, but I am a firm believer that the cards we are dealt are not what define us. But this is my story, and I’m happy to be frank and open about it because we all have challenges!

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