My name is Venus N. Vee, I’m 45 and have been training with my town’s local roller derby team, the Mission City Brawlin’ Betties, for a few month’s now. My dream is to someday be a full-fledged, bouting member of our team. Within the last year and a half I’ve lost 175 lbs. I spent a good 10 years of my life living with very little freedom and imprisoned by a body that would not cooperate with my inner dreams. There was a time in the not too distant past where simply walking across my living room was a *major* challenge.
I’m a wife, a mom, and so excited about my new found health and freedom. No longer plagued by a heart condition, pulmonary problems, Type II Diabetes, anemia and sleep apnea, I’m finding new and different ways to live my life to the fullest.
I spent the first part of my life, until I was 17, on roller-skates, skateboards and surfboards. I let a bad boyfriend shame me out those things I loved and am only now beginning to take them back. Wish me luck. It’s a little crazy at this age to try and join a roller derby team. But as my mom reminded me just this morning, I’ve always been a little crazy when it comes to dreaming in grandiose ways.