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Teen bounces back to compete in National Junior Championships

Feb. 17, 2017, 10:59 a.m. (ET)

When Allie Wiseman takes the platform in Kansas City next week at the 2017 Nike National Junior Championships presented by Rogue Fitness, her comeback will be complete.

"I'm very excited," Wiseman told WABC-TV. "I've really been pushing myself for this the past few months."

Wiseman's journey to Kansas City wasn't easy. In October 2015, Wiseman, 19, ended up in a hospital near her Vernon, New Jersey home.

"I started feeling these pins and needles in my feet and working up to my legs, and it was just really weird and wouldn't go away," she told WABC. "But I would shake it off or wait a day."


Doctors diagnosed her with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord. In some cases, the condition can lead to permanent disability. Thankfully, in Wiseman's case, doctors managed to treat the condition and she continued training.

"She came back really strong from it, so it's been an amazing recovery," mom Patti Lawson said to WABC-TV. "It was tough. It was tough for her, and obviously tough for all of us who love her to watch her go through it."

"Her dedication to the sport and dedication to training is unmatched," coach John Douglass told WABC-TV. "She never misses a day." 

Wiseman will compete in the B session of the 58kg weight category. She's scheduled to lift at 11 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 24. You can watch her session LIVE here on USAWeightlifting.org