Illness to Elite Racing: One Year

HAPPY OSTOMY AWARENESS MONTH!
I made “Illness to Elite Racing: One Year” to visualize where I’ve been, and how I got to where I am now. I don’t do a lot of talking about the specific accomplishments of how far I’ve come because I know I have so much further to go. September 15th marked my year anniversary of emergency surgery. In under a year, I’ve returned to elite racing. And, 2018 is going to be even bigger!
Thank you to everyone who’s supported me through all of the challenges, growth, change and relearning this year!
You can do whatever you put your mind to, even if everyone says it’s not possible. Don’t let negative people and skeptics get you down. Most importantly, this year has taught me that I can only judge myself against myself, as the first elite road and track racer with an ostomy.

timeline of illnesss to elite racing

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2 thoughts on “Illness to Elite Racing: One Year

  1. Hi, I wanted to reach out to you. I am new to the track, and had emergency surgery on 9/25, and now have a colostomy. Your calendar gives me something to look forward to, especially as the season is over at Major Taylor anyway. Any tips or advice for getting back into the saddle?

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    • Hi Joe!
      Sorry to hear about your surgery! Sounds like you’re almost exactly a year behind where I was. I think everyone recovers at their own rate and a lot of that depends on underlying illness or injury. My best advice is to do aggressive PT with a qualified professional as early as possible, and to get a coach if you don’t already have one. Thankfully for you having a colostomy means you won’t have quite the hydration and nutrition challenges! But there will still be things to address as you’re coming back to the sport.
      My other advice is to consider wearing a lightweight base layer or other crash protection.

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