Four years ago Becky Piper opened the door of her home in Guam to find three men intent on a home invasion at any cost. She woke up in the hospital – paralyzed on the right half of her body. Today Becky is considered disabled in that her paralysis is still evident and she will forever combat the effects of a traumatic brain injury. But she is SO. NOT. DISABLED in every other sense of the word. Becky is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. She meets challenges with a mix of practicality and optimism. While this is a tough interview in many ways, it reminds us that we all have challenges that result from things that we do or that happen to us. It’s how we mentally and emotionally respond to them that really influence our lives, not the acts themselves.
Today we talk about:
- The attack that left Becky paralyzed
- How Becky has physically emerged from the attack
- The emotional ramifications of surviving trauma including PTSD, anxiety, depression and more
- How exercise can play a role in recovery
- Becky’s childhood and background: How she came to be so positive
- How to move forward as a “New Person” after a life-changing event
- Happiness is a choice
- Her nugget: Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.
During her recovery, Becky went from dreams of being an elite triathlete to pursuing a future in coaching triathletes. She is a Team MPI coach and her specialty is beginners because they’re just plain awesome! For coaching requests, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also working with Allard and has retrofitted her Blue Rocker Brace (for drop foot) with a badass BOA lacing system. And check out her work with Allard’s Team UP.
Check out Becky today. She is swimming! Be sure to wish her good luck on her FIRST EVER (pre or post attack) 70.3 Triathlon in Boulder on Saturday, August 5, 2017! Follow Becky on Facebook for give her some love!
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