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Warrior Games, Teammates Help Navy Vet Through Cancer

Hundreds of service members and veterans compete in the Department of Defense Warrior Games every year. While many think those athletes are all missing limbs or were wounded in service, that’s not the truth – far from it, actually.

There are service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries. Others suffer from traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, serious illnesses and post-traumatic stress, and many of these impairments didn’t happen while on duty.

Alexis King- Navy Warrior

On #nationalcancersurvivorsday take a moment to let #TeamNavy athlete Alexis King inspire you. Learn about how she beat cancer and became a #NavyWoundedWarrior #WarriorGamesFor more stories from Warrior Games, follow Commander, Navy Installations Command and Navy Wounded Warrior.Video by NPASE West's MC3 Morgan Nall

Posted by Navy Public Affairs Support Element on Sunday, June 3, 2018

Video by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Morgan Nall

Retired Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexis King, a Houston native, was diagnosed with cancer in late 2014, shortly after becoming a first-time mother. And she really struggled with her new reality.

“I felt myself going deeper and deeper into depression,” King said. “I stopped answering phone calls. I stopped answering texts. I shut everybody out until my phone didn’t ring anymore.”

She said there were days when she was too weak to hold her newborn baby.

Alexis King in bed with her baby while getting cancer treatment.

But eventually, she was introduced to the Warrior Games. Initially, the sports that were offered weren’t something she ever would have considered doing.

“I’m not the athletic type,” she said.

But King decided it was time to challenge herself.

“I’m going to stop saying no to all of these things, because one thing that cancer did teach me was that you never know when it’s your last day,” she said.

Retired Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Alexis King competes in a discus competition at the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Morgan K. Nall

King is currently in remission. She competes in the shooting and field events, and the bonds she’s made with other competitors have helped her tremendously because they’re all facing similar struggles.

“They give me so much motivation,” she said.

Check out more of King’s amazing story in the video above.


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