Here is our interview with LeAnn Sanders (see previous blog post). Even though Heaven’s situation is very unique, LeAnn still has some great advice for all athletes. We also include some pictures of LeAnn and Heaven.
Do you remember what you said to Heaven the first time you met her?
At first it was a lot more tears than words [but] I believe I told her “we got this”.
How were you able to help Heaven through the mental/emotional aspects of her injury and the difficulties she experienced trying to get back into the sport?
To always keep a positive attitude and to never lose confidence. Having a “can do” mentality that you are going to succeed is crucial. Our success has a lot to do with our inner drive.
When you were competing, there must have been times when you got frustrated or angry because of how hard the game was. What did you do to get through those times?
The way I conquered my frustration during a game [is that] I always remained intensely focused on the outcome and not the obstacle. My frustration was a big motivation for me on the softball field. My motivation was always in overdrive. I constantly strived to give 100% even during immediate frustration. By doing that I stayed confident and ready for greater challenges during the game. My challenges are what makes life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life interesting.
Do you help other kids who are amputees?
Yes, I’m very involved with other kids who are amputees especially lawnmower amputees.
Is there anything else you would like to share with other players?
Let your faith, like softball, shine on and off the field. Pitch it, hit it and most of all catch it.