I knew my heart wasn't the best at the time and my cardiologist said we had to keep an eye on it to see if it gets worse, and I might need a surgery down the track
. So I Really
wanted to do a show before any of that, you know.. I was young, fearless and ready to tackle the challenge
I competed in an IFBB show in the Classics division (always did admire the classic physiques)... little did I know at the time that I would be competing with the "Big Boys", the ones that don't play around. They Live and Breathe Bodybuilding and I was on their turf.
Competing in the show itself was AWESOME... absolutely exhilarating experience! It just felt amazing to do.
Though I did neglect my health and I paid the price. Little did anyone know (even I was partly clueless) that I was suffering from Congestive Heart Failure whilst I was competing! Yep, that's right..
It wasn't an easy journey after that. After the Adrenaline and Euphoria of the show faded, my body started to give me signs... and it started to fail..
Walking became a nightmare. I would literally Struggle to BREATHE just from WALKING!
That was when I had to have my 3rd Open Heart Surgery.. It was a Slow Long recovery process, but I was as motivated as ever...