Nov 3, 2009

My story

I finally decided to start a blog. Other people kept telling me to make one so I could share with everyone what I am going through as well as knowledge and thoughts on everyday life. Hopefully it does some good.
I have been doing Crossfit for about 2 years come Feb. I competed in the 2009 Crossfit Games and came in 55th. Not the best I could of done but since then I have found the method behind all the madness. Since the Games I'm down 12lbs and 5% bodyfat so 138lbs and 17%.
Right after the Games (Aug 31st) I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma lymphatic cancer. September 24th I went in for surgery. They took a 8.5 x 2.3 x 3.0cm section out of my right groin, removing all the tissue and lymph nodes (mine was 16) out of that region. They also cut my Sartorius muscle off my hip and moved it over my Femoral artery and attached it to my inguinal ligament (the crease when you lift your leg) to protect it since there was nothing left to do that job anymore.
I'm currently about 6 weeks out of surgery and have started to get back into the gym hoping I'll be well enough to try and qualify come April or May(whenever Regionals will be). I'm still required to go through adjuvant therapy so depending on what that does to me will depend on whether or not I can make it. Regardless, I will be back for 2011.
I recently moved to Oxnard, CA and now have a new family at CFVentura, and very excited to start with everyone there. One of the owners, Colin Jenkins, is willing to help me recover and get me ready for the Games (haven't had a coach in 11 months so pretty excited) because I would end up hurting myself if I continued to do my own programming with my condition.
I'm excited to share my journey to recovery, and on the road to the 2010 CF Games.


  1. Welcome to the CFV family! Looking forward to getting a wod in with you!

  2. Thanks Matt! Me too! I'll be around!