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FAL-WIN 2018

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RAVENS ROUNDUP W hen it comes to injuries, athletes can be stubborn in dealing with their diagnosis. For Nicole Galewski '17 MBA '19, it was no different. She earned her bachelor's degree in psycholog y and is currently pursuing a master's in general special education, and is one of Franklin Pierce's most seasoned athletes on the women's track and field team. A record holder and multi-event competitor, Galewski has established herself as among the program's best despite dealing with subluxation degeneration, a condition which affects specific areas of the spine, causing nerve interference. While most athletes have a timetable for their injuries, Galewski does not have that luxury. She sees various specialists and chiropractors once every two months, a routine that has been going on since 2015 when Galewski began feeling a tingling in her leg. "I just didn't feel right, and even aer going home for blood tests they still couldn't find anything ," said Galewski, a native of Whitma, Mass. It was eventually determined there was inflammation in her upper spine area, but there was still no definite answer. en began what she described as "draining" rehab sessions throughout the summer. A multi-event athlete, Galewski competes in both the heptathlon and pentathlon, grueling days that involve various events lasting around six hours. "I attribute my success to going through rehab," said Galewski, the record holder in the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon. Galewski's preparation and recovery were eye-opening and obscure compared to her competitors. For Galewski to participate in multiple events, she needed former assistant coach Chris DeLeon, who would reteach Galewski how to walk aer finishing an event because she couldn't feel her legs. "She'd compete in one event, we'd re-teach walking , then she'd compete in her next event," said DeLeon, who would walk side by side with Galewski as she concentrated on his feet. For Galewski, starting isn't the hardest part. It's finishing. "If I run 800-meters, I can't feel my legs 400-meters in." at is alarming enough. While her competitors acknowledge her condition aerward, she refuses to use her situation as an excuse or a means to draw attention. "I had no other options," said Galewski, who admitted to going through a "woe is me" phase earlier in her career. With her no-excuses attitude and hardworking philosophy, Galewski has matured from a redshirted freshman who was academically ineligible into a national All-Academic graduate student with a 3.2 GPA and multiple school records. ere's a lot on her plate, but Galewski, would not want it any other way. "If I didn't have something to overcome, I'd be lost," she said. She's had more than her share of triumphs at Pierce. In a meet she was not supposed to run in, she ended up anchoring the 4x200 meter relay and breaking a school record. e following year at the same meet, she took part in the pentathlon, competing in five events. ough there is no cure for her condition, Galewski doesn't think too far ahead. While the future may pose its adversities, Galewski knows she can handle it. — Tyler Aragao '20 Galewski '17 MBA '19 Finds Success While Battling Spinal Condition NO QUIT IN HER MIKE KOBYLANSKI FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 21

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