By Kimberly Ready
It’s not everyday you meet an athlete like this. Yes – she comes to the gym daily, works hard, and makes progress. However, she’s also fighting one the hardest battles for her life.Meet Laura Egbert. Crossfit Athlete with MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
Laura joined Crossfit Greenwood in October of 2015 and she instantly became a part of our family. She was diagnosed with MS in May of 2012. Despite the recurring pain, tests, and treatment she has to go through regularly, she also has complete numbness in her right leg. Laura realized that if she was going to be able to live a long fulfilling life with her husband and three children, she had to make a choice. She wasn’t going to let MS make her weak. In fact, she was going to make herself stronger than she’d ever been before.
Laura has become such an inspiration in and outside of the gym. She is currently looking at a new chemo treatment that will stop future damage from MS. While she prepares for the next steps in treatment, she continues to do crossfit 5-6 days/week and is currently competing in the Crossfit Games Open. We are proud to celebrate all her hard work and incredible journey.
Laura, Thanks for being a part of our CFG family!
CFG Athlete Spotlight Questionnaire
Q: How long have you been doing crossfit?
A: I’ve been doing Crossfit for 4 months.
Q: How did you hear about CFG? Why did you join?
A: I had heard about CFG when it opened but was just too nervous and felt I wasn’t good enough to join, especially with having MS. Then a friend of mine started this past summer and she nudged me through the doors in October. I have loved it not only for the WOD but for the amazing community that it represents.
Q: Athletic background before crossfit?
A: I ran track in high school and received a full scholarship to run track at Drake University. I ran the 200 and the 400.
Q: What do you remember about your first WOD? Or what is one memorable WOD for you?
A: I don’t necessarily remember my first WOD, but I do remember my first week at CFG. I didn’t think I was going to be able to do much because I have total numbness in my entire right leg but I also didn’t want anyone to “pity” me. I have never hurt all over my entire body like that before but it was a hurt that in a strange way felt good. It made me realize that Justin was going to work every inch of my body and I wanted to get stronger, regardless of my MS. No one ever treated me as if I couldn’t do something and I loved that more than anyone will ever know. My favorite WOD was the 12 days of Christmas. Such a fun community WOD that kicks your butt but you actually want more.
Q: What’s your favorite WOD(s) or Skill(s)?
A: My favorite WODS are ones that have box jumps. I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment when I can box jump with a numb leg. Each time I complete a WOD with box jumps, I whittle a chunk out of my MS, like I won for the day and MS lost.
Q: What’s your least favorite WOD(s) or Skill(s)?
A: HSPU’s. Not a fan at all. They are so so hard!!!!
Q: Favorite moment, milestone, and/or achievement since joining CFG?
A: Rope climbs! I could climb the rope a few times but one day the technique just clicked and I could climb and climb. Such a great feeling! Plus Justin is always right there cheering for you anytime you hit a milestone, I actually think he gets more excited for us than we do for ourselves!
Q: What are your goals in terms of crossfit or fitness in general?
A: My goals are to improve my strength and to get so strong I can kick MS’ ass. I’d like for other people with MS or any Chronic Illness to see that you really can take back control of your life and your disease. I’d like to inspire others to believe in themselves.
Q: What encouragement or advice would you give to new people coming in?
A: I’d tell them it’s the most fun and best family you are about to be a part of. You are going to hurt but it’s a good hurt. You’ll have good days and you’ll have bad days but you will be so thankful you walked through Justin’s doors!
Photo Credit: Melissa Humphries Photography