It was the start to achieving a dream when Maurice “Mo” Woodard received a call from the Elms Horn Fighting Pirates in Germany to play professional football. After falling short during several NFL mini camps, including his hometown team, the Kansas City Chiefs, Woodard would take this opportunity with the Fighting Pirates, still not knowing what his future would hold.
A lot of the time in life we make things so much more complicated than it should be—and it’s not because of anything in particular it’s only because we have had some many challenges along the way that we don’t believe that anything can be achieved without having a battle on our hands.
I write from experience because by doing that I can really offer real insight into how to overcome and push through when times become tough and self doubt and negativity clouds your vision. Life is challenging. It honestly doesn’t matter who you’re or where you come from. At some time in your life you’re going to come up against major challenges and they will stand as the ultimate test as to whether you will become the victim or the victor.
Life is a journey of learning—we are not perfect but this is what makes life such a beautiful gift. We don’t know what tomorrow will hold—we don’t know what the next second or hour will bring with it but all we can be thankful for is that we are alive to see another day.
My story starts different from most. I didn’t find a lump nor did a routine mammogram discover a cancerous tumor. My journey through breast cancer began with me being proactive and having an elective surgery to reduce my risk of breast cancer. I am BRCA1 positive.
One might say that experiencing the Olympic games is a dream come true and indeed it was. Every moment leading up to the games was spent carefully preparing and anticipating for such a historical and important moment in my career and life. People who know me were proud of the fact that I had qualified for the games because they knew that I had worked extremely hard to get the opportunity running for a country who is not known for distance, but more so sprinting.
Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement – is the most sacred day in the entire Jewish calendar. It’s a day summarized in reflecting on the past year and asking for God’s forgiveness for any sins, which witnesses the entire Jewish community worldwide intensely fasting for 25 hours.
To coincide with Yom Kippur, 3-time Award-winning In-spire LS Magazine spotlights the inspirational The Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor Pnina Freidberg to share her inspirational parents triumphant and unique story of surviving and thriving in life after adversity. The very candid The Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor special will inspire, uplift and motivate millions around the world to truly live each and every day like it is their last.