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Hameedah Tirado

Los Angeles, CA

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Since childhood I enjoyed conditioning and challenging my body because I was an althlete. Then one tragic night, 10 years ago, I was a victim of a senseless act of violence. This left me without the use of my left leg. I was told by countless doctors that I would never walk again without the aid of some type of assistance like a cane, walker or crutches. Needless to say, I was devastated! I was an athlete, that was my gift, my passion. The physical, mental and emotional pain grew. The depression grew, and the weight added up. I never accepted the diagnosis that I would never walk again. However, I didn't see athleticism in my future.

One day, something in me reignited and I wanted the old me back. So, I started to try and get back in the gym. I would need a book to tell you about all of the pain and surgeries and reconstruction I endured, in addition to the emotional healing, which I will continue to deal with. It has been a long and grueling challenge and I am still on that journey of recovery. I have made tremendous strides so far. I am a Zumba Instructor, and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and am about to run my first 5K race. I am still overweight but I don't let anything stop me! I am proof that it is never too late or too soon to get fit! NEVER GIVE UP!


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