It’s been said a person doesn’t know how strong they are until faced with challenges. This was very true for Jenn More when life threw a few big curve balls her way. It started with a quad accident on July 2, 2017. Six weeks later, recovered from the accident, Jenn started working out – as she says “just for fun”. A year later on August 30 2018, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and on October 19, 2018 her mom passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. At the time of the diabetes diagnosis Jenn wasn’t working out much. It wasn’t until October when she started to train again, and this time with a goal in mind – a fitness competition known as the Vandijk Classic – Body Building Show in May 2019. “I had so much loss and hard times, I needed to do something that would have a good outcome,” said More.
Jenn is no stranger to fitness and training. As an accomplished gymnast and hockey player she’s been involved with various exercises and drills for many years. This time around, though she was also dealing with diabetes. “My initial reaction when I was diagnosed was just kind of sad. I was kind of expecting it because of the symptoms leading up to my diagnosis were spot on with diabetes. The reasons for getting Type 1 diabetes isn’t anything you can control. You either have it or you don’t. I did a lot of research about it and took in as much knowledge as I could. It just became a part of me and a part of my everyday living,” she added.
Not one to dwell on things, Jenn got on with what she could do to improve and manage her health and started intensive training. She is inspired by memories of her mom Vickie. “My mom was always my biggest fan. She never missed a game and was always there for me in sports. I always think of her, not just for inspiration but she made me who I am today and I always like to think I have her strength”.
“I think in times like this everyone has to remember that life goes on and the sun will rise the next day. I couldn’t control the illness so I had to make it a part of my life and not just feel sorry for myself. My mom wouldn’t have wanted me to do that. She probably would have given me a kick in the butt and told me to get doing something. I always remember “it never gets easier, you just get stronger.”
The Vandijk Classic was the first Body Building Show for More. She prepared and trained for 16 weeks with an intense training and diet regime. “Being a national level gymnast helped with my skills a lot even though I quit doing gymnastics a very long time ago, a lot of the skills stuck with me, which was an important part of my routine. I love the gym and it has become my new passion and I have always worked hard for something I want to achieve,” she added.
Are there more competitions in her future? She said there is a good chance but some health issues arose during the 16 week training period. “I just want to take some time to get everything under control again and just train for fun for a while.” More is qualified for a National show (competition) so that may be in the books but for now she is just focusing on her health and enjoying the summer.
More’s advice for anyone who has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes would be to learn as much as possible about the disease. “It is so important to learn how your body works and how to manage it properly. If you don’t manage it there will be consequences in the future so hold yourself accountable to be the best you can be with it,” she concluded.
Note:To see more about Jenn’s fitness journey go to https://m.youtube.com/watch? V=HuPoUsfDSiY&feature=youtu.be