The first session was grueling, and by the second round of weightlifting exercises, Mallette writes, she was struggling to raise her arms:
"I thought to myself: 'You are trapped in a manhole. Water is climbing up and you will drown if you cannot reach up and punch that cover off. You are going to die if you can't move your arm up.'
"I closed my eyes and put every ounce of energy into trying to lift my right arm.
"'You can do it.' I told myself. 'You can do it.'
"I couldn't do it."
But the workouts have improved in the last few weeks, and Mallette is optimistic that she'll be able to take her arms "from Jell-O to Michelle O." Read more from her story at Star-Telegram.com.
(Photo courtesy of the Star-Telegram.)
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