Written by Yvetta Mize-Ripley, of Royse City, TX
Hi, my name is Y and I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed in February 1993 and have lived with many different symptoms of this disease throughout the past 9-10 years of my life from muscle spasms to having to walk with a cane and not able to drive, to having a constant numbness in my hands and feet.
My boyfriend Rip, who is now my wonderful husband introduced me to CrossFit Rockwall in August 2009. He was concerned about my health and wondered if some kind of exercise program would benefit me. I use to smoke about ½ to 1 pack of cigarettes a day, I did not do any kind of workout or eat right and I felt tired all of the time with little or no energy, I also only weighed about 92-98lbs never able to gain any weight.
So I told Rip I will try CrossFit and if I didn’t like it I would not go back. So he bought the Elements Class and I went in expecting to hate it, but Mary was so wonderful to work with and patient and encouraging that I told my Husband that I wanted to purchase some one on one lessons with Mary. Let me tell you Mary worked my butt off, I couldn’t even do one single under much less a double-under or a pull-up. Now I can do as many 30-75 single-under jump ropes at one time and I am still working on the double-unders, I still have to have a band to do my pull ups but that’s OK because I am surprising myself every day after a really hard workout with what I have accomplished. I can feel myself getting stronger and I am off all medications for MS and it has been over 3 years since I have had to see a neurologist.
2010 was a pivoting time in my life. I quit smoking , got married, turned 50, and been with CrossFit Rockwall just shy of one year and for the first time in nearly 20 years I weigh over a buck . I am on my 2nd year at CrossFit Rockwall and loving every minute of it.
I know that CrossFit and all of the encouraging people at the BOX have helped me get to where I am today, drug free and stronger than I have ever been in my life. Thank you Mary and thanks to all of the coaches at CrossFit Rockwall, you all Rock!!!
I am proud to be a CrossFitter
Y has also done all of the Eat Real challenges that CrossFit Rockwall has held and sticks to a Paleo diet!