Thursday, June 9, 2016

#PrepWithPurpose - - Day Five: Stacie's Cancer Battle

For backstory on what #PrepWithPurpose is all about please read the blog entry and/or Instagram Post.

Hey Friends …

First a quick little update on me. Thank you all for your kind words and prayers for my own healing!
Yesterday was my most grueling day of the week (lower body + some endurance work) and I was really scared I wouldn't be able to complete the workout due to the back/glute issues I've been having since Sunday. I did wake up yesterday and the pain had backed off some, but it was still there. But using Brandy (yesterdays Prep With Purpose) as my motivation and thinking about how much pain HER back is causing her and that her injury has caused her to be in a wheelchair .. I was able to get in and get it done in HER honor! In fact, I had little to no pain during my entire workout! Whoo Hoo!!

I have been using tiger balm, essential oils and heat. That combined with my Rad Roller products seem to be doing the trick. I also booked a MUCH needed massage for Friday and am still searching for a Vegas Chiropractor. Once I've done those two things I am sure I'll be as good as new! I also talked with my coach about some APPROVED substitutions in case the pain doesn't go away (or returns) .. that way if there is something on "the paper" that I physically can not do .. I have an approved replacement and won't feel like I'm slacking on my prep. So having a "plan b" makes me feel better. Check-in went well today and so far I am dialing in exactly how I need and my body is responding well to our cut!

Moving on to PREP WITH PURPOSE Day Five! Today we are praying for the sister of a dear friend of mine. Brandy Leaver sent me this prayer request. Brandy was my first coach back in 2014 when I started competing and we became dear friends. Her husband Brandon Curry and my husband have been friends for years! This family is very special to me .. so please join me in praying for her sister!

Prep With Purpose -- Day Five: Stacie's Cancer Battle

I ask that you join me in praying for healing for a young woman named Stacie. Stacie is fighting cancer for the 3rd time in 5 years. But recently developed even more health issues.

My motivation for any physical activity I do today will come from Stacie and my endurance workout will be in her honor. I AM ABLE and she is not. I will NOT take my health for granted. I am grateful for the abilities that God gives me. I ask that God guide the doctors and nurses that are taking care of Stacie, that He wrap His arms around her family and friends and not only heal Stacie quickly, but ease her pain and stress as much as possible.

In addition to her battle with cancer, Stacie recently had a ruptured appendix and in the surgery they accidentally nicked her stomach, causing a host of problems/stomach lining damage. They also found a foreign organism in her stomach  that seems to be eating away from the inside-out that they cannot identify or kill with antibiotics. She just had blood work done...all her levels are dropping (from glucose, calcium,Vitamin D, etc) .. so basically her body isn't able to absorb any nutrition at all. They also found blood in her urine. Stacie could really use some prayers for healing right now!

I hope you are joining me on this prayer journey as I prep for #TeamU on July 1st & 2nd! If you are please post/share and use the hashtag #PrepWithPurpose! Let's get a huge prayer chain going and in the process maybe make the sport of bodybuilding less about "me, me, me" and a little more about helping others! Our motivation doesn't have to come from ONLY ourselves!


If you know anyone that needs urgent or ongoing prayer for any physical reason please email me all the information and a picture (or a few) to  

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