SoCal Wrestlefest 2017 was such a great time but it didn’t go without me experiencing my 1st real major injury.

December 2017, I had herniated my L5 and L6 discs benching me from wrestling for about 3-5 months. It was tough to sit or stand to long when you’re experiencing sciatica. Think fire inflaming your insides.

I couldn’t move much and getting through a full day of work was stressful. Feeling defeated I resorted to days-and-days of drinking and pills. One would argue that I was abusing drugs, but for me, it was my only option since I didn’t have access to anything stronger to surmount the pain (like a morphine drip).

After thousands of dollars spent on chiropractors and specialist, I was ready to give up because:

1. I couldn’t imagine never wrestling again
2. I felt that I had so much more outreach to do with people and in the community

So many times we complain about our lives because depression makes it easy for us to overlook the positives.

So to combat the depression I began to heal myself from the inside out. Beginning with my mind through meditation.

Through yoga and core exercises, the pain began to subside and my body was able to fully heal. When I overcame my herniated disc I decided it was time to really honor and connect with my body so that I could enjoy many fruitful years of wrestling.

I didn’t jump back in so quick but rather focused on basic conditioning until my body felt ready.

In hindsight, that 3-month injury and +50 lbs later, my body and mind are now in the best shape of my life.

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Last edited on 2/10/2020 11:59 PM by Jimmy Elijah
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nightstranger (47) 8 days ago

You are a great person and i feel blessed for knowing you.

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nightstranger (47) 8 days ago

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not to mention getting squashed by you Please log in to view gallery photos.

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SFslam (20) 12 days ago

Ding Ding!

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Jimmy Elijah (79) 11 days ago

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I haven’t forgot that we still need to have our old school pro match either buddy

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yonkerswrangler (168) 12 days ago

ready for rematch here in yonkers ?

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Jimmy Elijah (79) 11 days ago

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I’m ready for a rematch. We need to get some ring time in for you too!

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pskbob (8 ) 12 days ago

I have overcame my own demons, I understand real struggle. #waytogobro

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Jimmy Elijah (79) 11 days ago

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Thank you. It only makes us stronger

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JJHartFL (36) 12 days ago

Welcome Back. Now let’s get in the ring !!!!

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Jimmy Elijah (79) 11 days ago

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It’s going to be a great match against you jobber.

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