This is the second post from our A True Competitor series, where we profile true competitors every week. Stay tuned to hear from people who truly compete for life.
About to graduate from one of the most prestigious universities in the world, WinForever’s Jordan Meridith heard the news: she was diagnosed with lupus. And after two years of wondering what the cause of her sickness was, she was actually relieved to have an answer and know what she was up against. Reality sank in: she had lupus and that was it. She knew she was going to have to fight.
For those that don’t know, lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect your liver, kidneys, skin or other organs. The symptoms vary from person to person. For Jordan, it’s in her brain stem.
This is when Jordan got competitive. Her first decision when she got home was to compete for life. “Instead of doing the typical route—that basically was the end of my life as I know it—I decided I’m not going to do what they tell me to do. I’m going to find a way to beat this thing—even if there’s not a cure.”
There’s nothing that’s going to stop Jordan.
What does competing mean to her? “I learned the word ‘compete’ can mean different things to different people. To me, the word means waking up every morning saying, ‘I’m not going to be tired today. I’m not going to feel pain today.’
It’s hard work, but she gets through it. She fights every day, but is doing it successfully with that message as her foundation. She’s a competitor.
Jordan has been part of WinForever ever since it was born. And she, better than anyone, understands the true mission of WinForever. “I learned that it’s not just what you do on the field. It can apply to anyone in any venue, in any aspect in their life.”
“When you take a step back and see the impact of what we’re doing, Meridith says, “it’s incredible.”
She receives emails every day from people who have touching stories and people who strive to be involved with the WinForever movement. In doing so, she realizes how blessed she is in her own life.
“If I let this obstacle define me, I’d be giving up basically my life,” Jordan told WinForever. “Giving into whatever is challenging you isn’t an option. You have to compete every single second of every single day to overcome whatever the challenge is.“
Our Jordan Meridith is competing every millisecond, and I see it every day—sitting right next to me. She’s clearly one of the fiercest competitors I know.
Jordan is also on the board of Lupus LA’s “Get Lucky for Lupus” event, which is this Thursday, September 13. At the event, celebrities will play poker and party with guests on the Petersen Automotive Museum’s rooftop overlooking the Hollywood Hills. Former NFL player Warren Sapp and actor Josh Henderson will host the event.
Tickets are still available on Groupon for $50 per person. All the proceeds help benefit Lupus LA, a foundation dedicated to combatting lupus through research, awareness and family services.
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