You get one life to live right and only a few moments to realize that. Such has been the story of a 22-year-old man who was ready to give up on life while fighting against cystic fibrosis. But fortunately, his only inspiration got him back to live again.
Jared Wells belongs to Denver, Colorado and had a particular genetic disorder since the age of two. However, he began to fall into more trouble when the disease started to affect his physical and mental health after around 13 years.
During his entire teenage days, he was not allowed to play sports and do any sort of physical activities like his friends. The pressure of struggling with cystic fibrosis was becoming too much for him as he thought he would never be able to live like a normal human being again. In his mind, he was losing hope and had prepared himself to die.
This severe disorder has become relatively common in the UK with 10,400 cases being reported until now, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It produces thick mucus in the body, which affects the lungs and digestive system together.
To get the patient breathing, a rigorous daily treatment is required which includes physiotherapy; oral, nebulized and occasionally intravenous antibiotics; and taking enzyme tablets with food.
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Constantly I'm reminded of how much easier it would be for me to just go back to my old ways. When I didn't care about anything and just let go of everything. . When I moved out to denver I saw things going differently. It definitely is not what I planned. And that's really put me in a bad place mentally. . I just keep telling myself that I must keep going and that i can't stop. Sometimes that's all you can do. Almost everything never goes as planned. That's why you have to adapt and overcome. . I truly apologize for not posting or engaging with ya'll. I promise I'll do better and be better cause I know there's alot of people looking to me for inspiration and motivation and I don't want to let ya'll down! . Also shoutout to @imaginekaizen for the awesome shirt. It was definitely something I needed to see! #teamjared #bodyalive #1stphorm #iam1stphorm #1stphormathletesearch #motivation
Since the treatment was extremely hard, Jared started convincing the doctor and her mom to stop looking after him a year ago.
“In January of last year I had told myself that I was ready to completely let go and let my disease take my life. I had talked with my mom and doctor about it and discussed hospice care. The very next morning I don’t remember much, but I guess I had called my mom and told her I needed to go to the hospital.
On the way there I was told I was hallucinating and once we got there I was put on oxygen immediately. The doctors told me later that if I had waited any longer I wouldn’t be here today.”
But his inspiring journey began with an offer from a friend and a promise that he made to his late grandfather of looking after himself. Jared got the motivation to live and there was just no going back from that point.
“A few months later I had gotten in touch with an old friend just to see how he was doing. Then he asked me if I wanted to go the gym with him the next morning at 6am. I’m still not sure why, but I said ‘yes’ and just never stopped going.”
Jared took up bodybuilding almost immediately and after training at what he describes as an ‘old school bodybuilding gym’, and fell in love with the sport.
The best part of his story was the day when he entered the gym and saw banners of everyone who had trained there to become a professional bodybuilder. Jared suddenly wished to have his picture up on the board with the rest in order to fulfill his promise as well with grandfather.
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What an amazing experience today! I placed 4th in my novice class and 5th in my open! Thank you to everyone that came out to support me and thank you everyone for the love and support online! . Did I do as well as I wanted to? No. But I'm very happy with how I did for my first show! It only makes me want to do better next time! I didn't get 1st place but I sure as hell won.😁 I got feedback from the judges to know what I need to do to do better. I'm gonna bulk up a bit and compete again next year. . Thank you @beardedfitness42 for the coaching and awesome help for my first show. And thank you @mike_tebo18 for being such a great training partner! You killed it at your first show as well! . #teamjared #bodyalive #1stphorm #iam1stphorm #1stphormathletesearch #motivation
It was such a strong inspiration for him that he started taking a keen interest in his training the very next day. Initially, he was introduced to basic bodybuilding techniques for developing his stamina but his love for the sport grew rapidly.
It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Jared also felt ‘unbelievable’ improvements in his health; his lungs were functioning way better than before and he could properly breathe without any support.
His determination to achieve the impossible has received a tremendous amount of support from all around the world. Today, he shares his lifestyle with 54K followers on Instagram and admits that without all the love from his fans and family, this journey wouldn’t have been possible.
Jared aims to mentor anyone going through the same disorder as he now believes that nothing is impossible if you just believe in yourself.