ANTHONY MERRITT FOUGHT OFF AN ADDICTION TO DRUGS AND BINGE-EATING TO LOSE NEARLY 200 POUNDS.
SAMANTHA TRUBILLA OVERCAME A SEVERE BRAIN INJURY, A COMA AND A 10% CHANCE AT LIVING TO NOW THRIVING
For six years, Anthony was addicted to heroin and meth. Certainly, addiction in any form is incredibly difficult to fight through.
It takes strength and courage to admit you have a problem, and even more to fix it. That is to say, recognizing the demon is one thing; it’s something else to take action and conquer it.
BROCK KLAHOLD FOUGHT THROUGH DIABETES, A BROKEN ANKLE AND A HERNIATED DISC IN JUST FIVE YEARS
“At the hospital, the doctors explained it to us as if her brain was a jar of glass marbles and someone shook it very hard causing fractures inside all of the marbles,” Danielle said. “They also told us not to Google the injury and stay positive.”
The reason? With this type of injury, there is a less than 10% chance of recovery.
Tony DeLeo Went From Life Support to Being Back in the Gym
“His diabetes was always a battle, often struggling during games because of either highs or lows, but never giving up,” Philip said. “All of Brock's hard work payed off and he was recruited by a number of Division III colleges.”
The challenges were not over for Brock, though. Later in his senior season, he developed back pain but always fought through it. Everyone thought it was due to lack of flexibility from the weight loss he experienced during his trial with diabetes.
Tony doesn’t remember much from the accident, but what he does recall is horrifying.
“I was going in and out of consciousness but remember my 13-year-old son crying,” Tony said. “My wife was kneeling beside me. They quickly life-flighted me to the hospital, underwent emergency surgery and I was subsequently put on life support.”
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