Italian Elisa Fuliano Set to Debut at 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games Eight Months After Arthritis Diagnosis

July 5, 2022 by
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Elisa Fuliano has qualified for her first CrossFit Games just eight months after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

“Really, my world fell down,” Italian Fuliano said. “I thought I had to quit CrossFit and every kind of sport. But I didn't give up, I found the strength to go on and I wanted to be competitive and, I found the strength.”

Rheumatoid arthritis is a degenerative autoimmune disease. Fuliano has pain in her wrists and feet as the disease attacks her joints. She probably only has two or three years left of competing.

“I knew I could reach a higher level and I was angry, and this was stopping me reaching my goal. I was unhappy, I was angry with life,” she said.

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