Lil Misty Diaz is a force of light that has grown out of darkness. This darkness began with being born with Spina Bifida (birth defect affecting the spinal cord). Followed by 28 operations by middle school (not including exploratory surgeries) and compounded by medications, isolation, depression, loneliness, and 3 suicide attempts. But like a lotus flower, she rose from the dust to bloom out of the darkness.
Through the power of gratitude and service, Misty’s ability has grown stronger than her disability. It has been a process. One in which her only goal was to simply feel better. This process has grown into her ability to complete over 200 races including obstacle races, half-marathons, 5-10-15k runs, 24 hour, Spartan and Red Bull races. She even holds state records in the bench press.
It has been said that it’s not your disability that defines you. It’s your ability. Strength is a choice. The only disability in life is a bad attitude, and Lil Misty has decided to live her life of service by helping as many people as she can. She has inspired people all over the world, from all walks of life, including myself.
This is her story, and I’m honored to present it to you.
Your Will Is Always Within Your Power – Epictetus
6:20 What is Spina Bifida?
11:00 Cast Life. Fighting since Day 1.
12:30 The term disability vs Adaptive Athlete
14:50 The races
16:17 What was Misty’s childhood like?
26:16 What can you do for a kid who is struggling?
27:20 Teenage years. The difficulties and the decision to choose a DNR.
30:20 2nd person ever to use a cell saver
31:20 The most painful surgery – Tethered Cord Syndrome
37:00 Depression – Loneliness – Suicide Beautifully Broken
Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today. -James Dean
49:20 What woke you up?
53:30 “I felt free”
59:00 Acceptance – Free from morphine fog. Senses woke up.
Strength is a Choice – Get outside comfort zone
1:03:20 Motivating and inspiring others
1:05:17 Biggest accomplishment (so far)
1:09:00 “It’s not how you win. It’s how you lose.” -Louis Zamperini
Liz #LizFreel Coached Liz to State Division Bench Press Record, but together added value to each others life.
1:17:09 Mantras for others. “Turtle speed is still a speed as long as you’re consistently moving forward and helping others along the way.”
1:19:48 When someone thinks of Misty Diaz: What do you want them to remember you by?
1:31:10 What does it mean to inspire people in the Spartan Races?