Captain Sarah B.
Pushing the Limits

"They provide you with opportunities to heal on so many different levels."

Capt Sarah B.–Pushing the Limits

Sarah has a rare neurological disorder she developed in 2008 while training to fly helicopters.

"One month from my wings, my hands stopped working during a boat flight," she recalls. "I refused to put my helicopter crew at risk and pulled myself out of the training until the doctors could figure out what was wrong."

Medically retired in June 2012, Sarah explains that, "My current working diagnosis is cerebral inflammatory disorder. Essentially, I have lesions of inflammation in my brain–the part of my body, which that part of my brain controls stops working properly."

When Sarah was going through the medical retirement process, she asked her case manager how she could get involved with sports. "I had no idea about adaptive sports or adaptive equipment. My case manager told me about The Fund. They purchased me a recumbent bicycle that i'm able to use when my legs are operational and I have the coordination to cycle. This bike was my first step to regaining independence and activity."

Sarah also got involved with Team Semper Fi–"Going skiing with Team Semper Fi in January 2013 was my first adaptive sports experience"–and soon discovered sled hockey, which she says is her greatest passion.

"They provide you with opportunities to heal on so many different levels. Yes they give you a sport to go and participate with other wounded warriors and yes that is a physical process, a physical healing, but being out there with other wounded warriors when you're being pushed to your limits, that reminds us why we signed up for the military in the first place. We wanted to be pushed, we wanted to be trained, we wanted to be pushed to our limits and made to be uncomfortable and then overcame those challenges and continue to succeed."