Video by Ross Coughlan.
Diagnosed with diabetes in 1995, Junior Smithen has faced an uphill battle with his weight and illness since then.
Smithen's doctors have only offered pills and insulin, which did not improve their health, and their care providers recently suggested bariatric surgery as the only alternative to an early grave.
Tired of the poor results of traditional medicine and unwilling to resort to surgery, Smithen, 39, recently decided to start CrossFit.
"I did it in their own way since they diagnosed me, and I'm not more advanced, so I try a different way now," says Smithen, who wants to be present while her little daughter grows up.
Armed with the knowledge, guidance and support of the coaches of Stronger Together CrossFit, Smithen is now on the road to weight loss and improving health.
Smithen knows that CrossFit and other major lifestyle changes will bring improvements in his health and fitness, and hopes that at 40 he can be physically "the man I know I am supposed to be."
He continues: "I think there is a place for people with diabetes in CrossFit because I realize how much it helps you control and modify your insulin requirements if you exercise regularly."
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