…I have been inspired by Cherie Mathews, a survivor and wonderful woman who wants to make a difference from her adversity.”
My name is Stephanie House, and I am a triathlete trying to make a difference as I train for Ironman Coeur d’Alene. This is my 3rd attempt at the Ironman distance, and I would like to make all of the miles I log more meaningful and give them a purpose.
I am no stranger to adversity. I have fought my way through every hurdle to achieve this accomplishment. I had to DNF (Did Not Finish) on the bike on my first Ironman, and then I broke my elbow 4 weeks prior to my second attempt in a bike accident requiring a handful of screws to put things back together. As I was going through the physical therapy to regain my range of motion, I could not believe how difficult it was to heal from this, even though I knew I was going to live another day.
One year later, fully healed and ready for my 3rd attempt, I have been inspired by Cherie Mathews, a survivor and wonderful woman who wants to make a difference from her adversity. There were times when she didn’t think she would live another day, yet she overcame something that I can only imagine and dwarfs what I experienced with breaking my elbow. She has started helping others by creating a post-surgical shirt one can wear as they heal, https://www.healincomfort.com. To help support her efforts and raise awareness for this cause, I dedicate my training to her and the other women to help them live another day.