BEYOND THE BARBELL: ELIZABETH MARKS

17
Dec

BEYOND THE BARBELL: ELIZABETH MARKS

Sgt. Elizabeth Marks joined the Army at 17.  Just 2 short years later while on assignment in Iraq as a combat medic, Elizabeth sustained injuries to both hips. She underwent three operations to restructure her hips. As a means to recover she began swimming in 2011 at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston. It quickly became apparent that she could excel in the sport…she certainly did!

On her way to the 2014 Invictus games, she abruptly became ill, nearly dying from an unknown lung disease that caused her lung capacity to significantly decrease while swimming. Due to this mysterious disease, she was hospitalized and put on life support for 10 days. Ironically, this was the same hospital in Germany that she was medically evacuated to from Iraq four years earlier. None of this stopped her from pushing forward.

Despite all of her hardships, she came back stronger and became one of the top paraswimmers in the world, winning medals in the Paralympics and World Championships. Elizabeth is a great example of persistence. She stared into the face of adversity multiple times, resulting in near death, but made the choice to never waver, settle, or quit.. Through it all, her difficult hurdles didn’t define her and it didn’t hold her back. 

It’s safe to say, Elizabeth Marks is one Badass woman