BENSALEM, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “With epilepsy, stress May set off a seizure,” said Jessie Lentz. “And with martial arts, I am stress-free.”

Lentz, an emergency medical technician, has A refined historic previous of strokes, seizures, and surgical procedures. However the battle Did not start till she was in her 20s.

“I started working at Jefferson in 2005. I used to be recognized with epilepsy quickly after,” she said. “I used to be stressing out about work, not Eager To grab as quickly as extra. I Desired to Search out an outlet.”

Fortunately, a good friend useful her to Achievement Unlocked Martial Arts in Bensalem. There, Jessie labored her method up the ranks. However she confronted Greater than a look at of physique, thoughts, and spirit when reaching for her black belt.

“In 2016, I had An monumental stroke that was The measurement of my fist,” she said. “As a Outcome of of martial arts, I Did not want a lot rehab In any respect.”

Lentz chosen to proceed pursuing martial arts after she made a restoration and finally earned each A primary and second-diploma black belt.

Her teacher, Alison Barretta, was amazed by her.

“Most people would have simply give up. Jessie Does not Hand over,” she said. “And It is an honor To have The power to work with somephysique That is so decided and Does not Need to let something stand in her Technique of getting what she wants.”

Inside the late 2010s, Lentz underwent a collection of surgical procedures and has been seizure free since October of 2019. And she or he has huge plans for The Prolonged time period.

“Proper now, I am wanting forward to look ating for my third-diploma black belt to show that I can do it with my medical historic previous,” she said. “As a Outcome of hey, if I can do it, You will Have The power to do it.”

To study extra about Thomas Jefferson College Hospital or Achievement Unlocked Martial Arts, go to their web websites.

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