Sara Nothhelfer: Boxing Became My Therapy

If I’m being honest, Society Nine isn’t just a brand to me – it changed my life. My gloves are a piece of me and represent strength, confidence, and resilience.  They hold my blood, sweat, and tears. When I look at them I see growth because now I know I’m stronger than I ever could have imagined. I can persevere.

Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre
Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre

Perseverance. That’s exactly how I would describe this journey because at times when I wanted to give up, I couldn’t. I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 21 years. Every day I have to make the decision to fight through it just to survive. Living with this disease has created a voice in my head that has always said, “you can’t do this” -- and I believed it. I never thought that I was capable of physical accomplishments because of all the challenges that come with it. I felt discouraged, defeated and lacked confidence.

Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre
Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre

Then boxing became my therapy.  It changed me in all the ways I needed.  It saved me. When I say my gloves hold my blood, sweat, and tears, I mean it -- the blood from finger pricks, the tears from self-doubt, and the sweat from determination to push through it. They are a constant reminder of how far I’ve come. When I put them on, I feel empowered.

This is my year though. This is the year I’m challenging myself to all the physical goals I was too afraid of trying due to my fear of failure. I owe it to my trainer, Jon LaTorre, because he helped me believe in myself and realize that I am capable of. He’s making me physically and mentally stronger every day. Just like Society Nine, he is in my corner.

Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre
Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre

So what do I fight for? I fight for my confidence. I fight to survive. I fight to make all the people who believe in me proud. I fight to prove to myself that, “yes I can”.

Thank you to LA.KO Boxing Club for giving me a place to grow and Society Nine for helping me find my inner fight.

Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre
Photo Credit: Jon LaTorre


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