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Relentless: From National Champion to Physically Disabled Activist

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Katherine Itacy was born deformed and, by the age of four, had developed both a dangerous spinal disorder and an incurable disease. Yet, thirteen years later, she'd amassed five state and eight national high school championship titles in track and field.

She went on to compete in the Division I NCAA Championships and, later, to graduate fourth in her law school class. By t
Paperback, 302 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by E. L. Marker
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Corinne Streicher
I really enjoyed this memoir. It provided a frank and honest look at one woman's struggles and acceptance of physical limitations, and to me it was refreshing and nuanced given our modern American culture fixated on grit and blind optimism. This book inspires empathy for others' challenges. ...more
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Relentless is a thought provoking memoir that follows the author’s journey from her days as training as a National athlete, time as criminal defense lawyer, overcoming obstacles in her life, and living with with a disability. Itacy writes the book like an open diary and I liked how she shared their reflections on the past while looking forward to the future. Each chapter is titled as a life lesson sharing a different piece of Itacy
Mary Johnston
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an authentic, unfiltered, truthful and inspirational account of a life filled with multiple medical and physical disabilities, emotional, physical pain and trauma, and how she excelled and learned from these adverse events.
Ms Itacy stated in her book to not let your disabilities define you, and she demonstrates how fully you can live your life and achieve personal and professional goals beyond what you thought possible with multiple physical and medical disabilities. There are many posit
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Itacy is the definition of Relentless. She’s put herself under the microscope, hopped onto the surgery table and opened herself up to share her story with the world.

Using her meticulous lawyerly skills, she’s thoughtfully described, researched and cited her work. She’s utilized her “mess of scars and calcifications” all over her imperfect body “like a map,” to document each source of pain and endurance she’s had to face over the last thirty-plus years. “I should wear my lump and scars
Norman Chartier
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extremely open and insightful memoir which places us deep into the mind of the author as she experiences success and pain throughout her life. It's very well written and flows from one topic to another. Her emotional and physical struggles are presented in a way that many people would never dare to share with others. The frankness and detailed accounts of her life feel like you are being told her story without any filter. It was very courageous to open herself to the world and become ...more
Keleigh-Marie Snelgrove
The importance of this work cannot be underestimated. Not only does the author describe personal experiences which can be appreciated by many people with type 1 diabetes/autoimmunity but there are many important warnings.
For a young person/professional with this condition, I urge you to read this book, it could protect you and help you make the right decisions for you health and wellbeing both short and long-term.
Personally (just in case you hadn't already guessed), I couldn't put the book down
Kassie Runyan
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this book. I just finished it and even though it was specifically about the author's own perseverance and struggles - it was so relatable throughout. So many lines hit home - "sometimes you need to fake confidence 'till you make some confidence" and talking about how difficult it is to admit you need help. I am in awe of the author - and also her ability to make something profound and so in tune with others. ...more
JaNai OConnor
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast read. The author takes you on an earnest ride through her retrospective look at how she became who she is today. Her vulnerability is refreshing and filled with humor.
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KATHERINE ITACY, nee Johnston, is a five-time Rhode Island state champion and an eight-time national champion in high school track and field. She held the Rhode Island state record in the girls’ high school hammer throw from 1999 until the record was broken in 2019, and held the Eastern College Athletic Division I Conference Championship record in the women’s twenty-pound weight throw from 2005 un ...more

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