Real Fight Stories
Inspiration, Encouragement & Real Stories from Fighters Around the World.
THIS SEASON’S FEATURED FIGHTER,
Lyme Disease Warrior
My name is Mikayla and I am definitely not your average 24-year-old girl; I have chronic neurological Lyme disease. Growing up I saw more doctors than one should ever see in an entire lifetime over the course of six years yet each of them chose to dismiss me. You’d think doctors are there to help when you’re in need, yet I received nothing but backlash, ignorance, and emotional pain that have left deep scars unseen to the eye.
When you’re told something over and over you, it’s inevitable you’re going to start believing it. Things like, “You’re a hypochondriac.” “It’s all in your head.” “She needs to be sent for a psych evaluation.”
I’ll be honest; I did believe all of those things at a moment of weakness before I realized the strength I held deep within me. It took far too much knocking down and abuse to get me to recognize that strength, but it’s been a blessing in disguise as weird as that sounds. Being ‘chronically ill’ with Lyme disease has taught me far more than any other life experience could or would have. It has brought me the most genuine friendships I’ll forever hold close. But most importantly, it’s brought me a purpose. Sharing my story across social media was an easy decision to make because I knew I could never let someone else experience the torment I did alone. Being able to share my story and connect with others across social media as been incredible. Helping others recognize their own strength and being an ear to listen has truly kept me pushing to win this fight against Lyme.
Don’t ever doubt yourself. The strength you have within you, even if you may not recognize it just yet, is immeasurable.
One of the most important tips I can offer, if anything, is to remind yourself that you have made it through 100% of those horrific days you never thought you would … and because of that, you can and will make it through any other of those bad days that may come.
I hope to connect with ya’ll soon! Please don’t hesitate to reach out through instagram and/or my blog! XOXO.
KOCD - Knocking Out OCD One Punch At A Time
A Documentary following Team USA Boxer Ginny Fuchs in her fight for Olympic Gold, while battling OCD.
Ginny, an inspiration and role model for girls/women, is smashing female stereotypes and finding self-empowerment. She is also walking proof that a mental disorder does not dictate what is achievable in life. K(O)CD aspires to break the stigma regarding OCD through chronicling Ginny’s journey during the next two years. This documentary film promotes understanding of how she lives daily with the challenges of OCD while training, on the road to Olympic success—gold in Women’s Flyweight Boxing.
Ginny Fuchs is the #1 ranked Flyweight Boxer and Captain of Team USA. In 2016, she won the Women's Olympic Boxing trials in the Flyweight Division, earning her spot on the USA Women's Olympic Boxing Team. In 2017 as the AMBC Continental Champion, she went undefeated, winning all eighteen fights, including four international gold metals.
When just twelve, Ginny was diagnosed with anorexia and subsequently, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). As a teenager, her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete helped her overcome anorexia. Currently, Ginny is aiming for gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games; her boxing career aids her in conquering her fears and combatting her OCD.
In the past few years, Ginny’s OCD has been getting worse again. She spends hundreds of dollars each week on cleaning/personal hygiene products. Some days it takes Ginny 30 minutes to brush her teeth, going through multiple toothbrushes in one session. She completes many activities while wearing latex gloves and is constantly doing laundry and disinfecting objects with bleach. Ginny’s OCD manifests from a fear of contamination. If she cannot get the “feeling” of cleanliness, it results in increased anxiety making it hard to move forward with her day. This is especially stressful when she travels to other countries for competitions and does not have access to her usual supplies and routines.