October 2014 – Athlete of the Month – Shea Clark
Big congratulations to this month’s athlete of the month, Shea Clark! This is really special because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Shea is a survivor. Here’s a little bit more about her battle with cancer in her own words…
“I found the lump doing a breast self-exam in November of 2009. I underwent treatment the whole year of 2010 starting with two surgeries called lumpectomies to remove the tumor followed by 6 months of chemotherapy and then about 4 months of radiation. Right after the chemotherapy I started taking a chemotherapy drug in pill form called Tamoxifen everyday since. I am in my 4th year of taking that drug. My doctors wanted me to take it 5 years but they are allowing me to stop early. So this November will be the last month of it and I will be completely free of cancer treatment!!! Yay ☺ As far as I know I am in remission.
In the past, my oncologist he would ask me if I was exercising regularly and every time my answer would be no, not really, exercising is hit or miss, not consistent. He would remind me its important to my health and that studies have shown regular exercise can reduce the risk of cancer, in my case reduced risk of reoccurrence. So when he asked me again back in August whether I was exercising regularly, I was so proud I could say “why yes, yes I am”! And when I told him I was at CrossFit Boro, he was quite impressed and said thats great, keep it up!”
Name: Shea Clark
Occupation: Field Interviewer for Westat
Hometown: Soperton, Ga
- How long have you been CrossFitting? About 4 months
- What was your first CrossFit workout? The strength was strict shoulder press and the metcon was: 3 rounds of 20 KB swings, 15 dips, and 400m run.
- Favorite WOD? Back squat 1 rep max and then 10 rounds (30 minute cap) 10 burpees, 5 full cleans, 5 pull-ups or ring rows in my case. Or any WOD involving rope climbing.
- Least favorite WOD? Karen!!! 150 WBs was tough!!!
- Favorite movement? Clean and Jerk
- Least favorite movement? Power snatch + OHS
- Your best memory at CrossFit Boro thus far? The day I climbed to the top of the rope!
- Any specific goals, long-term or short-term, you want to reach at CrossFit Boro? Yeah, be able to do pull-ups! And I’d like to get better at the gymnastic style movements like toes tobar and handstands and so forth. My long term goal from the beginning, actually the main reason I joined CrossFit Boro was to strengthen my body in the hopes that doing so would help my neck and back injuries. And it has helped! I am having fewer “pain episodes” which is awesome. I feel like I am finally on the right track after all these years and many different treatment attempts.
- 3 things you may not know about me are: I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I have never ever been an athlete until now!, I LOVE the color blue, it’s an obsession really, lol 🙂
- Favorite CrossFit Athlete: Laura Brannen, she’s pretty awesome 🙂
- If you could choose to be one age forever, what age would you be and why? Somewhere between 25-30. You have some experience in life but are still in good physical condition.
- If you could replay one moment in your life, what would it be and why? The moment I fell down an entire flight of stairs from the top. I would do something to keep that accident from happening, like taking those stupid high heels off! Why? Because this fall was the main cause of my neck and back issues (herniated discs) and the resulting pain that has bothered me most of my adult life. But I don’t let it get me down!
What the coaches say:
When Shea first started she was in so much pain we were unsure if she would ever be able to do most movements as perscribed, much less workouts. These days she’s blowing our expectations out of the water. She really values quality of movement and that has been huge for the amounts of weight that she can now lift! We are very proud of Shea but when we found out about her battle with cancer a few months back we knew that she would be perfect for our October Athlete of the Month!! We are thankful to have a wonderful person like Shea training with us everyday and she inspires us all to be better!