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THE KARATE COMEBACK: Holland Woman Throws Roundhouse Kick At Fibromyalgia
Wednesday 4 September 2019
THE KARATE COMEBACK: Holland woman throws roundhouse kick at Fibromyalgia
"I said, 'You know, enough is enough!'" -- Heather Galli
HOLLAND, Michigan — Fibromyalgia is a crippling disorder that's characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory loss and mood swings.
Researchers believe that Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
It's estimated that 10 million Americans and 3.6% of the world's population live with it.
There's no known cause or cure.
A woman from Holland spent several years suffering from Fibromyalgia because the disorder went undiagnosed, but thanks to a West Michigan hospital and a whole bunch of guts, she's managing her pain and has also rediscovered her passions and quality of life.
Heather Galli and her husband Michael own and operate PKSA Karate, which is a martial arts studio in Holland. Heather has been a martial arts instructor for many years, but in 2012 she started to not feel well and it was affecting her ability to teach.
"I started noticing some pain," said Heather, 48, mother of three. "My husband would do a hip throw during [karate] training and it was taking me a long time to recover because the sudden pain kept resonating through my body."
Heather says she felt herself losing physical strength and her hips and knees tightened up.
"Every time I hit the mat, the excruciating pain would make me nauseous," said Heather. "I've done a lot of different things in my career as a martial artist and I had never felt pain like that."
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