Death-defying mage beats terminal cancer, brain tumors and high-speed crashes

Meet the ‘supergran’ who cheated death three times – survived a high-speed car accident and two terminal cancer diagnoses – who overcame odds to become a powerlifter and is still pumping iron at age 76 . OAP Pat Reeves picked up Sport in 1982 when she was 36 years old after receiving her first terminal diagnosis due to a brain tumor.

Grandmothers swapped plant-based diets and started running marathons and bodybuilding in hopes that it would stop her slow-growing tumors. She was encouraged by her bodybuilding coach to try powerlifting and fell in love with it – quickly breaking records and winning competitions.

For 10 years she traveled the world competing in national and global events – deadlifting 135kg at a body weight of 42kg in her heyday. But at age 48, she was devastated by another terminal cancer diagnosis—this time she was told she had osteosarcoma—a type of bone cancer, in December 1993.

Pat refused to defeat him and continued with his healthy and active lifestyle to shrink 14 tumors and was declared cancer free in mid-2016. In September 2018, she was involved in a high-speed accident that killed her and her driver. The driver of another vehicle on Germany’s Autobahn.

The accident left Pat with a collapsed lung and caused pulmonary fibrosis – a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred – and he was told that he only had to live in June 2019. It’s three months. But refusing to hold her back, Pat is still pumping iron and has lifted an amazing 60.5kg in March 2022 – a new BDFPA and WDFPF record for her age and weight class – and has no plans to stop Is.

Pat, a nutritionist in the West Midlands and author of A Living Miracle, said: “As soon as I got sick, it gave rise to a competitive side of me and I fell in love with powerlifting.” When my coach first mentioned it, So I thought he must be mad when he told me how much these little girls were raising.

“My cancer diagnosis gave me this new way of living and thinking. I traveled the world competing and breaking records.

“I always joked when I couldn’t lift 60kg I’d give it up – but I’m not there yet. I can’t think of a world where I’m not powerlifting.”

Pat refused to accept that she would only live for two more years after her cancer diagnosis in 1982 and looked into ways she could extend her life. She researched non-traditional treatments and became a nutritionist and started working in a hospital in Detroit, USA and in various clinics in Germany – helping cancer patients diagnosed through traditional medicine.

“I wasn’t in one place for very long because of my workload,” Pat said. “I will jet all over Germany for my powerlifting events and for clinics.

“I had such great excitement in every event and that’s when I did well.”

Pat has broken almost 200 records and can lift weights up to 135 kg. Having already overcome her first cancer diagnosis, she was shocked when her knee pain turned into bone cancer when she was just 48.

But Pat took it upon himself and now has inactivated all tumors without any conventional medical treatment. She joined the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association in 2005 and continues her powerlifting.

But it took a long time to recover mentally and physically from his accident in 2018. “It was terrible,” Pat said.

“I was involved in accidents before but nothing so serious.”

Pat was told he would only have three months to live after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, but he has defied the odds again. “It still affects me,” she said.

“But I have found a way to train and still powerlift even with my setbacks.”

Pat requires supplemental oxygen most days, but he’s still able to do three deadlifts a week and bench work four times a week. She beat the world record by lifting 60.5kg in March 2022 and is set to break it again in September 2022.

“I can only do one repetition now,” she said. “I’ve had to adapt my training to within my abilities since the accident—but I’ve found what works for me.

“But I’m still breaking my records and doing what I love. I’m the oldest woman known in my union.

“I may not be able to climb stairs or slopes, but I can still powerlift. Every day is a bonus.”

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