A battle with brain cancer would be enough to bring anyone close to quitting at some point, but powering through is exactly what Monique Newton does best — as she's about to become a world champion power-lifter poised for success at this summer's Olympic Games!
Brain cancer as a child wasn't the only thing she's had to survive in the just-19-years of her life: she also went on to survive an attempted overdose at the age of 15.
She was originally diagnosed with ganglio neuroblastoma at the age of three. Scarily, the disease reached stage four. She and her family were told she would be confined to a wheelchair within a year, and dead within two.
Monique survived against every single odd after months of chemo.
Then she joined the wrong crowd as a teen. She left home aged just 15 after arguments with her parents. The depression and isolation from her family made her take an overdose of paracetamol.
Luckily, she was found in time and saved. The whole scenario gave her a realization to work on, so she went to college and started lifting.
Now she's focused and ready to win — and can lift THREE TIMES her own body weight over her head!
Here's what she said:
'I took up powerlifting because I wanted to do something where I would be the underdog and have to push myself to get to the top. It makes me feel happy to know I can use my story to help people who are or will be in a similar situation. Now I look back I'm so glad I am still here today.'
We are SO happy that you're still here, too!
What an incredible story with a happy ending we might all be able to witness this summer!
Good luck, Monique! We're rooting for you!
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