Name: Christie O'Sullivan, 37, of Average Moms Wear Capes
The Crisis: Like many new moms, Christie learned how challenging caring for a newborn can be. But she had an added struggle on top of nightly wakings and diaper changes. "I struggled with my weight and post-partum depression after both my children were born. At 55 pounds overweight, I couldn't even recognize myself anymore." In an effort to drop the weight and regain her self-worth, Christie began training for her first of many triathlons. And then she faced another hurdle.
"I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in early 2012."
The Change: "Triathlons gave me the tools to fight. It mentally trained me to keep going, to keep pushing, and to fight through physical or emotional pain. Triathlons pulled me back up. It gave me my life back. So many times and in so many ways."
Christie's Tip: "Don't ever let anything—not cancer, not doctors, not yourself—tell you that you can't."