I think stories are important to share, so here’s mine.
About two months ago, I started getting massive headaches every day. I saw multiple doctors, was given numerous antibiotics and steroids and sent on my way. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when I saw a new doctor that she identified what I think I’ve always known: my untreated anxiety was causing physical symptoms.
I’ve always had an anxious personality, but have self-managed through exercise. Recently, I noticed that things I loved, like boxing, were starting to trigger anxiety versus take it away. I was getting nervous to get in the ring or on the bag, because what if my body betrayed me? I would feel jittery, nauseous and lightheaded before, and sometimes during, my workouts.
Two weeks ago, I finally began treatment for my anxiety. It has been the most difficult road, filled with side effects that sometimes feel worse than the anxiety itself. Regardless, I’m playing the long game and hope that this is the final chapter in a long struggle.
Here’s a video from training today. Sticking with training has been the most difficult hurdle for me over the past two weeks and I wouldn’t have been able to power through without @radlopz in my corner, constantly reminding me who I am (a champ!). Everything is still a work in progress, but I am very proud of the fighter I’ve become both inside, and even more importantly, outside the ring ⚡️🥊