I few weeks ago I told you about my friend from my bodybuilding team, Kayln Blacklock. She has a rare disease called Chiari Malformation which happens when the brain is herniated (or squeezed down into) the spinal canal. After having her second brain surgery she got cancer and had to stop treatment for Chiari, but that didn’t stop her from living her life. Five days after chemo she ran the Tough Mudder.
Last week she did her first bodybuilding competition…and won Top 5.
This was the inaugural show for the Phil Heath Classic and it was mobbed.
Our trainer, Melissa Merritt, was backstage with her the whole time. They decided to do her hair like Pink.
She sent me these pics backstage and told me she ran into a man she never met who knew all about her. He read her story on my blog! (You can read her incredible story too: Chiari Warrior and Chiari Warrior – Going Viral.)
There were some scheduling changes backstage during the prejudging and she almost missed going onstage entirely! But she got on in the nick of time and did her poses in the Masters Division. These are the proofs from the show.
And saw her scratch off another item from her bucket list.
This would be a fairytale ending, but the tale is bittersweet. Earlier this week she decided with her doctors it was time to stop all surgeries; time to stop all chemo.
“My son is seven years old. He has never known a time when I wasn’t sick. I want to leave a legacy for him. I want him to know that no matter what: you hold the cards to your life. You dictate your life. I want him to know no matter what, Mommy never gave up.”
Part of this cruel disease includes “Chiari Fog” where patients have difficult with memory, so she tattoos things important to her on her body to remember them. Please share her story so the doctors and scientists don’t forget about the disease. Please let her story be etched in your memory.
Click here for more information about the Chiari Warriors Foundation. (Please note: all donations to Chiari Warriors Foundation go to The Chiari Institute (TCI) in Long Island. See the link above for more information.)
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