Released on Apple Podcasts and Spotify on March 8, 2022
At 10 years old, after about 6 weeks of experiencing severe knee pain, Bailey was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma. Over the span of about
8 months, she underwent chemotherapy and a form of amputation called rotationplasty. The goal throughout treatment was to return to the active lifestyle that she had before cancer.
Post chemo and amputation, Bailey began to play basketball, volleyball, and tennis again with her middle school and was able to continue to do what she loved. Baiely found wheelchair basketball in the 7th grade at the age of 12 and instantly loved it. At 15, she attended her first US Women's National Team development camp and made her first national team in 2018 where I traveled to Hamburg, Germany for the World Championships.
In 2019, Bailey traveled to the Under 25 World Championships in Suphanburi, Thailand where her team won a gold medal. Also in 2019, she traveled to Lima, Peru as a part of the Senior Women's National Team where we won a silver medal and qualified for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. At the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics (that actually took place in 2021), Bailey's team won a bronze medal.
Bailey is also a student athlete at the University of Alabama where she is studying Psychology with the hopes of becoming a Sport Psychologist. She was a part of the 2021 National Championship team last year with the Alabama women's wheelchair basketball team.
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