RESTON, Va. (7News) — A West Virginia Air Force veteran is set to compete in the Invictus games just months after recovering from a back surgery.
Doctors said she could barley walk or live a normal life without pain just two years ago.
Just by looking at her, you would never know the struggles Heather Wright faces on a daily basis.
“Some stuff related to my back, respiratory, chlorine exposure and other things I am not as vocal about” Wright said.
Wright is navigating life just months after recovering from a back surgery while managing an auto immune illness but she isn’t quite ready to talk about everything.
Wright explained “With this interview, I was ready to say I have a neurological disease.”
She’s only 38-years-old but doctors say she had the back of an 80-year-old after an injury while deployed in Southeast Asia.
“We removed the damaged discs and fused the bones together and that gives heather a stable back so she can do things” Wright said.
Doctor Christopher Good at the Virginia Spine Institute calls her a warrior. Post surgery her goal was to walk just three minutes.
Now, she’s compete on an international stage at the Invictus Games representing the United States.
“So I just got picked up the beginning of this year, fresh off surgery, the head coach called and said we brought you up and I was like wow” Wright said.
She’s hoping to inspire others, that while she may appear a warrior – she still has battles.
“A lot of athletes may look normal and a lot of us have a lot going on,” Wright stated. “Just because we handle it well doesn’t mean it’s not heavy and that is what I am here to represent.”
Dr. Christopher Good is a double board certified spine surgeon and the President of Virginia Spine Institute. Established as a world expert in the field, Dr. Good has pioneered the use of robotics, navigation, and augmented reality (AR) in spine surgery. He performed the first two-level disc replacement in Metro DC, Maryland, and Virginia region, and continues to evolve motion-enhancing procedures for patients suffering from neck and back conditions. Dr. Good has been named “Top Doctor” consistently over the past decade. Learn more about Dr. Christopher Good.