We take medicine because it’s designed to fix a problem. Something is wrong with us — allergies, blood pressure, pain — and we use the medication to solve the issue. If there’s no other way to treat the problem, and medication is able to fix it, then that’s the path we take.
But sometimes those medicines cause more problems than they solve, resulting in us either taking additional medications to battle the additional problems, or having to suffer through those issues as well. How many times a day do you see an ad for a new drug that has a disclaimer along the lines of, “May cause nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, blurred vision …” and then some? When you need medicine for your medicine, it’s time to rethink things.
Kristen Wesley was living that life. Between surgeries, medications and everything else, she was in constant pain that was just unbearable. It led to a life where she was hooked on narcotics and opioids, unable to be comfortable for any stretch of time and just miserable. This is her story.
On the Field
Being a softball pitcher is hard work. Not only are you swinging your arm to release a ball at speeds faster than most normal humans can produce, but you’re putting your body under constant strain. As if that wasn’t enough, put that same person in the batting box to face pitches from the opponent, and the risk of injury grows even higher. Make no mistake, being a softball player is hard work, no matter what the male jocks on the baseball team say.
But with all of the risks inherent with any sport come the rewards, and Kristen had those in spades. Her career on the mound took her around the world and gave her an identity and education. The problems came when it all started to crash down around her with an injury, which started a downward spiral that took her out of the game and almost her life.
Her athletic career took roots early, with the encouragement of her father, Scott Wesley. “I felt that the art of pitching was a way to get her into the game, and move her along pretty quickly,” he says, and it seems that he was correct. Scott, a softball coach by profession, soon found his daughter taking swings in batting cages at speeds that professionals might balk at. “She literally would hit ropes,” he beams, describing the straight and hard hits she could produce.
As time went on, Kristen got better and better. Her aptitude for the game grew, and soon she found herself in high school where she could really shine. “As a freshman I was a varsity pitcher, and I just took a lot of pride in being an athlete,” Kristen says. Her abilities soon took her to Europe where she competed in the World Cup Softball Games, and she also was a part of the North American Spirit softball team. “She was pretty good,” her father says, with a small smirk.
The strain on her young body was pretty intense. “I spent at least four days a week training, a couple of hours every single day, as a young girl in my garage throwing balls — hundreds of balls with my dad as a pitcher
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