There’s an old adage that says “we must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” No one knows the truth to this saying more than Alana Clark. The 51-year-old lady is a powerhouse of strength. Even with insurmountable odds, she conquered her fears and landed one of the most coveted titles in the country. She is the 2016 bodybuilding championship winner. She became a victor by using more willpower and grit than people half her age. And she’s accomplished this despite being born with cerebral palsy and experiencing a series of traumatic events in life.

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Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Clark has always been an overcomer. Born with a crippling condition, life was difficult. Yet, she married, had two beautiful sons and a full life. She started each day with a fresh outlook. Yesterday was the past and she prefers to leave it there. She learned to live with her condition and to keep a smile on her face no matter what she felt inside. At the age of 36, she had a stroke. For three weeks, she was wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. However, that wheelchair would never hold her back. She fought and worked until she was up and walking again.
 

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The Strength To Keep Going

When children come into our lives, it completely changes our outlook and our lives begin to take on a new meaning. For Clark, her children have remained her inspiration and strength. However, one day her youngest son, Tom left to run an errand and never returning home. After a horrific car accident took her son’s life, Clark like any mother would suffered with the agonizing reality that she would never see her son again. But she knew that she could and would not let this cripple her either.
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