Kyle Hein - OverComer - Athlete, Former Police Officer

Date: 23 Dec 2014 12:19

Original Post: 1/17/14

"SAYiWON’T means an unrealistic challenge that someone sets out for me, knowing they would never have the will, the drive, or the heart to accomplish it. So when they Say I Won’t ...I will."

I am a 28 year old from Lansing, Michigan. After graduating high-school and going to college, I was recruited at a young age to be a police officer for the City of Lansing. This was an absolute dream come true. I was doing what I always wanted to do... serve. Working the inner city I was faced with many "tough" calls to say the least. I worked a high weapons and drug area. During my span of 6 years on the road I was hospitalized over 12 times and suffered two concussions. I pushed and strived to do my best each day. Something just seemed to be "off". I was suffering flashbacks, nightmares, cold sweats, depression and a dependency on alcohol. This surely was not the norm, was it? I continued to push myself each day to do my best. The harder I pushed, it seemed the more setbacks I had. In 2009 I was diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Saying I was devastated is an understatement. Doctors said I would never return to the road. The risk of just one more concussion would cause severe brain damage and life would just not be "normal" from here on out. I was persistent and decided I would "act" like everything was fine. I mean after all this is an injury that you can’t see with the naked eye. I faced a career ending injury later in the year. My dreams were shattered. Within a short period of time my bank account was drained, I lost my apartment, and my fiancé left me. I liquidated my assets and moved into my parents basement. Heck...my dog even died in those short weeks. 

I was told, "you'll never have what it takes to be a sponsored athlete". "You'll never get back out of your parents basement and make something of yourself." "You'll never find a job that suits you."

I have always had a passion for fitness and training. At this point I had nothing left but faith and a little bit of will. I decided it was time to find my " true strength." I made a promise to myself that competing and training was no longer about me. I needed to find a way to fulfill that servant niche I had. I decided I was going to use "my story" to help others with perseverance and strength through training. After hitting rock bottom, I feel I have helped numerous people in their journey for true strength. My vision and ultimate goal is to continue to help those find their true strength through my story. Everyday is a struggle, but I continue to move forward and progress. They keep saying I won't, and I do!

When asked to describe himself in one word, Kyle replied: “WARRIOR”... SAY I WON’T!

 

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