Chanda Gaeth - Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Business Owner, Athlete, Veteran

Categories: Overcoming
Date: 15 Dec 2014 12:00

August 2, 2013

Chanda Gaeth is an extraordinary individual who chooses to LiVE life to the fullest. With the love and care of her family, she fights through her daily challenges. "SAYiWON’T means so much to me for so many reasons. [After serving almost 25 years in the The U.S. Army] I was medically retired in 2006. I found myself locked in a body I didn’t know, know how to control, or know how to even deal with. I was just lying in bed for years dealing with surgeries, PTSD, and missing my old life. I was not strong in my mind, body, and soul.

Due to my disability, I have a hard time with simple functions and daily care. My swim coach has come up with signs and key word posters so I can remember what to do. I push hard, because if nothing else, I know that my sons and grandchildren know that no matter what comes into your life, be it good or bad, you make the best out of it and never give up."

In 2011, Chanda was asked to compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and a new chapter in Chanda's life began. “With no swimming gear or idea of how to swim, I competed in the race with my head out of the water, mostly muscling my way through.” She began swimming with the Army Wounded Warrior Team at Fort Sam Houston. Chanda has competed the past 2 years in the Warrior GamesUCO Endeavor Games, and Texas Regional Games. She also competed in the US Paralympics National for Track and Field.

“Winning the gold, silver, or bronze is great, but when someone asks me if I think they can do what I do, I tell them to not let anyone tell them they can’t and I tell them about SAYiWON'T clothing (which I wear to events and have a sticker on my car). I want people to understand that life can change in a second, and it's what you do with the time after that makes the difference. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can't, because your life isn’t the same as everyone else’s." Chanda has proven that anything is possible. She has turned her family ranch into a wellness camp which houses veterans and their families in order to help them get back on their feet. She is also co-owner of The Uptown Studio, which is a creative work and learning space that allows people to create through painting, dancing, singing, playing, and learning.

When asked to describe herself in one word, Chanda said "resilient". 

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