The morning of February 2nd, 2014, my life changed forever. I woke up to find that my 16-month-old son, Kelby, had passed away in his sleep. After a few months of shock and complete brokenness, I knew that I had to find a way to release the pain that was consuming me. I joined a CrossFit program at my local gym. It was not long before CrossFit led me to pursue other forms of exercise, such as barre, running, spin, lifting and countless others. Through this journey, I quickly discovered that exercise and movement provided me with the outlet I was searching for to release my pain from losing Kelby. Working out is now a way of life for me, and it provides me with a healthy way to cope with all the other ways my grief manifests such as depression, anxiety, stress, and the struggles and joys I face parenting Kelby’s little brother.
As the mother to a child who is no longer on this earth, I must fight a battle every day. That is what makes me a Warrior Mama. Warrior Mama's are created through countless other circumstances beyond their control – not only through the loss of a child. My vision is to create a community of Warrior Mamas who support each other through adversity and knowing they are not alone. So here is our call to arms; whether you are a mama living without your child, a mama with cancer, a mama to a child with special needs, a single mama, a foster or bonus mama, a soon-to-be mama, a mama in the military, a mama on the front line, or an everyday mama raising her children the best way she knows how, you are a Warrior Mama! When you put on your Warrior Mama workout apparel or take a sip out of your Warrior Mama water bottle, it is a reminder that you are not alone and can handle the struggles and joys you face every day.
Show your strength, Warrior Mama – one breath at a time.
Your Fellow Warrior Mama,