Swimmers spend years practicing for competitions. They may face many challenges such as an illness or injury. Some people get burnt out and simply need a break from the sport. The challenge that one faces may seem impossible to overcome. However, many people feel better after they return to the pool.
Katie Lafferty has a love for swimming. She was at her peak during her senior year in high school. However, she faced one of the most difficult challenges of her life. She developed a tumor in her stomach that had to be surgically-removed.
After surgery, Katie underwent chemotherapy. Even though she was ill and her hair was falling out, she still managed to get in the pool. She was battling cancer, but she was a lot like everyone else in the pool. She was swimming to make herself better.
Katie stated that swimming equalized everyone. She also stated that the pool does not care about how talented the athlete is. It also did not care that she was a cancer patient. Additionally, the pool does not care whether you are an Olympic athlete or someone who is just learning how to swim.
Katie is reminded of the challenges of her cancer ordeal every time that she looks at the eight-inch scar on her stomach. However, that does not matter once she gets into the pool. The only thing that people see when Katie swims is a young woman who enjoys swimming.
Katie is not only an accomplished swimmer, but she is also a college student. She studies at Saint France University in Pennsylvania. She has been named the NEC Swimmer of the Week many times.