I've been privileged to share the stories of some inspirational people of all walks, ages and backgrounds.
I am truly honored to share the story of a remarkable woman who has overcome so much, touched many lives and will touch many more. Her story inspires, encourages and shows amazing strength.
I want you to meet Lora Anne - but, I want you to hear her story in her own words. I was going to write about her, until I read her story her way.
Oh, one other thing. Lora Anne is 56. Thought I'd throw that in there, because you certainly wouldn't guess it by looking at her.
Lora Anne's story:
My recent journey to the stage was born through my son's journey with addiction. This is truly a family disease and I was very close to my son and his addiction and the very dark parts.
It was a few years of insanity and I was falling right along side of him, drinking on the weekends to escape what my life was becoming. I wrote a piece on my blog about my son (my fighter) at 50firstdays.com.
While he was admitted to his 5th rehab, I had finally sold my home and was in a new environment. I was taking care of me and slowly getting my life back and healing. The gym saved my life...many times.
I have always trained...and thought of doing a competition a few years back. I never had the confidence or courage to do it. But with my son working on himself, I knew what I needed to do. I was fighting to get my life back and in a small way, I was fighting for my him.
I signed up to do a competition, to walk through my fears of feeling, "not good enough." I trained hard for 14 weeks. And in that time I found myself again. I found inner peace and I found my way back!
I loved competing. Walking on the stage: not so much. What this experience gave me was something I never expected.