Yesterday was 9/11. Fourteen years ago, our nation was attacked. And since that day, we have had American troops fighting and dying in combat all over the world.
A soldier understands and accepts the possibility of death in combat. We understand that is part of what we do when we swear the oath.
Death in combat is one thing. But every single day, 22 American veterans take their own lives. Over the past 14 years, those veterans have been exposed, for many of them multiple times, to the stress of combat. And for some of them, the burden is too great.
Several weeks ago, a CrossFitter from Kentucky, Becky Sefscik, lost her battle and committed suicide.
There is a well written article from FitnessHQ.com that talks about Becky. I am copying that article here.
For the Veterans reading this: If you need help, ask. There is always someone that you can talk too. It doesn’t matter the time or the situation. Just ask.
For everyone else: All you need to do is listen if the opportunity presents itself.
by Harris Reynolds
The CrossFit community lost one of its own recently to a tragic culprit: suicide. Becky Sefscik passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015 after deciding to take her own life. This is very sad.
The point of this post is not to judge Becky, but to be real, try to honor her, and hopefully help others.
Becky was a Navy veteran and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. She was a coach at CrossFit The Tracks in Erlanger, KY and according to her CrossFit Games page could do Grace in 1:45 (Wow!!).
Those close to her say she was really good at hiding her pain. Everyone knew she had some struggles like we all do in everyday life, but no one realized the depth of her pain. She had many close friends in and out of the gym and all of them are in disbelief.*
CrossFit The Tracks performed a WOD this past Monday on Labor Day in her honor and is encouraging other boxes to do the same. This is a WOD that Becky herself programmed back in July 2014 when another coach was out on vacation and came to be known at their box as “Why Becky Why?” After co-worker Matt Plapp performed the workout, he said to Becky, “you’re not coaching the next class, you’re doing this crazy WOD!” Which she did and crushed it.
Here is the Workout:
800 meter run
30 squat snatches, 95 lbs (65 lbs)
400 meter run
30 hang cleans, 95 lbs (65 lbs)
200 meter run
30 back squats, 95 lbs 965 lbs)
400 meter run
800 meter run
That is a whole lotta work!!! If you or your box would like to perform this WOD in Becky’s honor more details can be found on Facebook.
Here at FitnessHQ, we’d also like to take this opportunity to honor Becky by trying to help those who may be in similar circumstances.
Life is hard.
Life is stressful.
We see things we’d rather not see.
We do things we wish we hadn’t done.
This hurts us inside and cuts deeper and deeper.
On top of this we sometimes feel alone.
And we feel overwhelmed. Unable to cope.
The only way to make it through sometimes is to get help.
There are always people who care and want to help.
Two Final Thoughts
1) If you are at the end of your rope and feel like letting go, please ask for help.
2) If you are not at the end of your rope. If you are living a normal life and would never consider of letting go of the rope of life, do your best to look out for others that may need help. You may be able to see something no one else sees. You may be the person who can save a life.
We are sorry that you have left us and wish we could have helped. But we hope that your life will now in some way help others dealing with the despair you felt.