70: Weightlifting Champion with Lupus with Amanda May


Amanda May was born and raised in Wisconsin. In high school and college, she started to experience pain day-in and day-out that her trainers and doctors could not provide an explanation for. As her swimming performance dropped and her medical appointments increased, she finally was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In this episode:

  • The onset of Lupus and the resulting intense pain
  • How her college swimming times changed to one of the best on her team to only being able to finish with her 8th grade swim times in competitive swim meets
  • Waking up one day and feeling paralyzed
  • The 3 different forms of Lupus and the symptoms that they cause
  • Why working out harder and working out longer did not work
  • Misdiagnosed with leukemia and the emotional toll it took on her and her parents
  • Becoming a Wisconsin state weightlifting champion while battling excruciating pain during training
  • Best snatch – 180lbs, Best clean and jerk – 220lbs
  • What Amanda does to track her training regimen while balancing her medications/therapy
  • On purpose with purpose – Aligning action with goals
  • Biggest advice on Lupus: Don’t necessarily believe everything you read or are told regarding limitations of the disease. You can define lupus for yourself.
  • What sets your soul on fire?
  • Find your freedom

You can follow Amanda on Instagram @Mayday1320 or reach out to her through email: ammay1320@gmail.com