"I am motivated to do the hard work because the heart knows when you are pushing yourself for growth, and when you are settling. Walking away from practice or a race when you know deep down you didn’t give your all or let negativity win, is the worst. Also, as an athlete the daily sacrifices are so great that you owe it to yourself to be the best you can be. When I didn’t know what my future would hold after my cancer diagnosis, one of the things that gave me peace was that I didn’t have regrets. I had put my heart and soul into everything I had done up to that point and looking back, the journey has been a messy, beautiful ride for which I was grateful."