STORY / MEET CINDY
You may know me from my nutrition and fitness companies Bodies By Cindy and Fat To Fit with Cindy Lane Ross, but I have been developing something more specialized over time and I’m ready to share—Life Wellness Forever.
I was a youth tennis pro.
At the age of 17 years old, I was ranked #1 in Alabama and ranked #5 as a competitor in the Southern Division. I trained at Harvard, Cambridge, and Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy in Florida.
At 18 years old, I received a full scholarship to Union University in Jackson, Tennessee and shortly after, I competed at the college level until I began experiencing excoriating pain in my wrists. The pain required a need for bilateral surgery in both of my hands, which resulted in months of recovery and rehab.
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 19.
Through the years, I was put on numerous medicines. Including multiple chemo drugs to suppress my immune system and I have battled and rehabbed from over 22 surgeries, including a surgery where surgeons performed a total wrist infusion.
The sun had set on my very promising tennis career. My dream was over, and like everything else in my life at that time of my diagnosis, my functional health and wellness were interrupted.
In the years following, I had become lost in my career path and depressed. Multiple deaths in the family, including my mother and brother, really threw me off course and I became addicted to food.
My illness had taken over my life, and when I realized this, I decided to take control and fight back.
We all have setbacks in life, some of us more than others, but you just have to pick yourself up and start believing that you can live your best life despite whatever you are facing.
I pulled myself out of despair and graduated college with a BS in Exercise Science and have since built several fitness and wellness programs that are world recognized. I am currently working toward earning a PhD in Nutrition and Dietary Science.
Celebrating a new milestone!
Never in a million years did I believe I would be able to lift weights again, but I’ve been proven wrong! I prove myself wrong with every elevated triceps dip I perform. With the right diet, supplements, and medication, my RA is under control, and I feel stronger than ever. I can and do accomplish my goals just as I did in my youth.
Now that I have competed in my first bodybuilding challenge, I believe that having RA has made more a more determined person. I embrace the challenges that I know I’ll face every day.
I recently met my 16-year-old self again at the age of 41 years old and even though the journey has had a lot of bumps and bruises, I’m still here, and I’m smiling because I am alive and looking forward to the sunrise of each new day.