Athlete With PI Finishes Ironman
Athlete With Primary Immunodeficiency Finishes Ironman Louisville
Louisville, KY – (August 24, 2014) Despite having a rare form of Primary Immunodeficiency called CVID David Brumley started and finished Ironman Louisville with a smile on his face.
While other athletes were battle the extreme heat and humidity of the day, David had to contend with a chronically ill body knowing that the pain he felt was felt every day by thousands of patients all over the world. David explained his mindset by saying, “The challenges you face on an Ironman course are not much different than life with an immunodeficiency. Your tired, your body hurts, you can’t breath, you’re sick, you feel like giving up – these are all real symptoms of CVID. I just apply my will to the moment and make smart decisions that can positively effect my next step.”
CVID can best be explained as a genetic dysfunction where the body has difficulty fighting off infection. It is because of this that most patients are symptomatic in critical areas of their body like lungs, skin and muscles. “Life with chronic illness possesses its limitations, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on life. It simply means you have to recalibrate your expectations and find a different path to your goals.” He said when asked how it was possible to complete an Ironman with CVID.
Primary Immunodeficiency is incurable, life debilitating and chronic. It can make a person feel like a victim without hope. It is because of this that David started TriForBetter as a way to share his story and raise awareness along the way. He would like to speak with you about his experience in triathlon and how we can let the people in our community know about PI.
About David Brumley
David got into triathlon in 2008 after his 3-year-old daughter asked one night, “Dad, when are you going to be sick no more?” Devastated by the reality he and his family found themselves in, he agreed to be his wife’s training partner and race with her in a sprint triathlon. After several years of many physical highs and lows he is now dedicating 2014 to helping others find their better. Full story at http://triforbetter.com/sick-normal
TriForBetter aims to inspire, equip and encourage those living with primary immunodeficiency to actively pursue a better quality of life through positive lifestyle changes.
About Primary Immunodeficiency
Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) are a group of more than 250 rare, chronic disorders in which part of the body’s immune system is missing or functions improperly. While not contagious, these diseases are caused by hereditary or genetic defects. Some types affect a single part of the immune system; others may affect one or more components of the system. To learn more about PI please visit http://primaryimmune.org/about-primary-immunodeficiencies