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A’Lisha McKinney’s Story

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 by in Story | 1 comment

I have lived in fear for most of my life, and I was tired of it.

I wanted to live.

When I was 10 months old, I got a hold of a dry cleaning bag and suffocated and completely stop breathing.

My brain began to swell and the doctors prepare my family for my death. However that did not happen or I wouldn’t be typing this today. It seems God has a bigger plan for me and though I am still unsure of what it is completely, I know it is to give #hope.

From this accident I ended up developing epilepsy. I did not realize of course what was different about me until I was in my preteens. I love scary stuff and haunted houses and well the strobe lights would trigger a seizure along with all the hormonal changes that go on at that time.

Needless to say, I became fearful of them. My seizures were grand-mals and took a lot out of me. Medication was needed to control my seizures and with some side effects of the many medications I tried I ended up very chubby for my size which in return cause me to develop an eating disorder.

My weight went up and down for years until I finally decided to stop living in fear. I was tired of watching everyone go after goals and dreams as I sit back and to scared to do much because what if I have a seizure? My journey started in 2011 I lost the weight by doing Insanity, then started running 5k 10ks and Obstacle courses and finally went for my Personal Training Cert from AFAA. Then I started training for my first NPC Competition and have since then done 4 more.

My knowledge on my disorder and in healthy living just keeps growing. I am currently going through another obstacle of medication change which I have not switch meds in 19 years but the meds I am on are doing my body harm so it is time. It is taking a lot out of me and I am struggling but I still keep going. My energy level is low but I still try to do something. I may lose some of my gains but I will get them back. I will not give up! I have open my business Fanci Fitness and continue gaining knowledge and never give up hope. “In order to become the Hero of your story you must first overcome your biggest obstacle….yourself.” – Fanci Fitness


1 Comment

  1. I love your story! I battled weight issues as well. I’ve been exercising daily for years now and I am currently training for my 1st half marathon. Love to see someone not letting epilepsy hold them back. You go girl!!