Community Spotlight: Simmy Saran

Life sometimes presents us with unexpected and difficult challenges. Simmy Saran shares her experience on how she’s overcome the challenges with her health. This woman absolutely crushes it at Champs!

In 2006, my life took a dramatic turn, when I started to lose feeling in the left side of my body. Several spinal taps and MRI’s later, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This was a complete shock to myself and my family, with no known cure and no definitive idea of how this was going to impact my day to day life. As the years went on, I was able to manage my MS, with only a few minor attacks that lasted a few days. I was optimistic that it would not hinder my quality of life.

Fast forward to November 2017, I had another attack. However, this time it didn’t get better, it got substantially worse. I couldn’t walk without a cane, driving became difficult, and I had to get a disability placard for my car. This was not me! This was not my life! Something had to be done.

After intensive medical treatment, I was able to walk on my own. My neurologist suggested I needed to stimulate my brain from memory loss due to the attack as well as work on my reflexes and balance. boxing was one of his suggestions

Ironically CHAMPS opened its doors in January. Did I know anything about boxing? No, but I was going to give it a try and that’s when my life changed. Slowly, from one class to another, everything shifted mentally, physically and emotionally. This was a game changer. The CHAMPS Team not only made me feel welcome, but also motivated me to accomplish things I had never been able to do before. Positivity, compassion and support was what I needed at that time without anyone making me feel sorry for myself. I’ve never been stronger in my life and I can never thank this TEAM enough for what they have done for me.

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