MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Not even a health and wellness coach could escape the hands of COVID-19. The virus impacted Jennifer Adams of Woodland Park so powerfully she has no recollection of going to the hospital. At one point, her husband found Jennifer unresponsive on the floor.
"My husband just found me there," Jennifer explains. "I spent days trying to put together what happened. When you're that sick, your mind tries really hard to piece it all, but I just couldn't."
Jennifer, a Type 1 diabetic, was diagnosed with COVID six months ago, just as the Southern Colorado area was starting to see a drop in numbers.
"I was put on a ventilator," Jennifer says. "I was in critical condition, in ICU, for four days.”
Jennifer says the root to defeating COVID is paying mind to your health. This is her message, whether you've had COVID or made the personal decision to not receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
"I worked out a lot prior to getting sick, and now after being sick, I know that it would not have been as easy to come back if I had not been working out before.”
Jennifer says when she was sick and "trying to get back to me," she struggled to walk the 13 steps in her home. She describes the difficulty of walking from the bed to the bathroom, and the mental struggle of wanting to be "normal" again.
“Don’t look and say you’ll never get back to me. Because COVID [could] take something away from you. It could. And I thought it did me. I got back to being me.”
Now, she's conquered the Manitou Incline.
“My son saw me struggle with the 13 stairs, and he saw me [climb] 2,678 stairs. And we did it together as a family," Jennifer said.
The health and wellness coach says it's God who healed her -- saying, "He healed yesterday, heals today, and will heal tomorrow." Moving forward, her family will continue to hike and upkeep their health, until the pandemic is over -- once and for all.