I feel stronger than ever.

I’ve generally been active my entire life, but when I had a bad rock climbing injury Thanksgiving 2014 falling 25-30 feet, I became withdrawn from a lot of things. Luckily, I never hit the ground, and only ended up with a broken wrist, partially torn tendons, and a concussion. Unfortunately, that fall affected more of my life than I would have ever imagined. I did not want to go out and do physical activities, I was afraid to drive, I was afraid of heights, I was afraid of falling… all...over...again. At some point in February, I was fed up with people feeling sorry for me; I was tired of them telling me that it was okay that I wasn’t active after the type of accident that I had. That wasn’t me - I was tired of their pity. I am strong! 

I sucked it up and decided to start doing barre classes again. I felt like I had to force myself to get back into doing those classes, and when I did, I pushed myself too hard to where it would hurt my body. It was a tough internal battle to manage going back and forth with my current physical abilities, where I used to be, and where I thought I needed to be post-injury. I gave myself a really hard time and it was frustrating. 

My boyfriend had been talking to me about GRIT for a few months, but I just was never ready. May came around and when I wasn’t seeing much progress with my other workout (mentally or physically), I decided that it was as good of time as any to try GRIT. I was incredibly scared, anxious, and nervous that I wouldn’t know what I was doing and that I would fail. But you know what? The people at GRIT that day, and Coach Steph, made me feel so welcomed and valued and strong. I had pushed myself more than I had in the past 5 years that day! I felt so accomplished that I decided to come back and continue for the rest of the month. I was scared plenty of times. I was not able to push myself as much as I thought I should be pushing myself, but that was okay; and Coach Steph made me realize that it was okay. Healing is a process.

I have only been doing GRIT consistently for 3 months now, but I feel stronger than ever. With everyone’s encouragement, but most importantly my own (fired by my GRIT Family and Coach), I am able to push myself each time to a new physical, emotional, and mental level stronger than before. Looking back on my rock climbing accident, I don’t ever want to be in that weak, vulnerable place ever again. I want to continue to build my health and focus on my recovery process. GRIT is a place where I can come to every single time to be stronger in every sense of the word.

Camille Wagner