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The words that will change my life forever…….you have MS

Last week my life was forever changed as I got the final diagnosis. “You have MS”

I had been experiencing weird symptoms for almost a year now. I can remember the exact moment I knew something was not right. My husband and I were on vacation with Naptime and Misty, in Vegas to watch the UFC fights in November of last year. It was the last day of vacation and I wanted to do some shopping for our daughter so we checked out of our room and I took a cab over to the mall. While shopping I had a strange sensation come over me that I never experienced before with sweats and dizziness. I got back in the cab and met my husband at our hotel. We sat for a while and I didn’t think I was going to be able to get on the plane that night to go home. I called my family doctor right then and there and made an appointment for the next day. Twenty minutes or so passed and it was like someone just shut off the sweats and dizziness. I got on the plane that night and just kind of chalked it up to “Wow that was weird” I went to the doctor that next day, they said I had a stomach virus, game me some pills and sent me home. This cycle would proceed for the next 6 months. After extensive blood work and 4 doctors later all they could find was my immune system was down and I had very low vitamin D. I was getting cold/flu every other week. I had been sick 11 times in 6 month. Then in April, my face went numb on my right side. I lost taste and I was told I had bells palsy. I went to 3 other doctors to try and get rid of it. Nothing worked. I decided to go to my dentist thinking it was a bad tooth. He did a panorama X-ray and looked right at me and said, you don’t have bells palsy. We need to get you in to a neurologist immediately. As fate would have it, we called, they had a cancelation and I was in to see the neurologist the next day. June 12th, a day I will never forget. 2 days before AFC outdoor event at Koots. I thought I would just talk to the doctor give him my symptoms like every other doctor. He would order labs and I would sit and wait. Not this time. He asked me question, looked at my previous labs, looked at me and said, “I suspect you have MS” WHAT? That’s all I could think. “What is MS?” He walked out of the room and I pulled up Google and tried to make sense of it. The doctor ordered the MRI and within 10 min I was in the machine listening to the popping and clicking with tear streaming down my face just hoping that it would come back fine. The MRI was done. I get sent back to the room. The doctor comes in and we start to look at my brain. Right there in front of my eyes he is pointing at little white spots all over. He said “I found 19 in total and you have one on your brain stem which is what I believe is causing your numbness in the face.” 19 WHAT? What is it? Well later after processing the information it was 19 lesions on my brain. This is the effect of MS and what has been causing my crazy symptoms. The doctor said its MS but to confirm it we need to so a spinal tap. So with this information I had to have the weigh ins the next day, fights the day after that and not to mention Randy Couture was in town and I had a fishing trip planned the day after the fights. I did this all while keeping this secret and putting on a strong face while I was so broken inside. I look back now and thank god for the distraction. Not really sure how I could have processed all of this without it. I went fishing with Randy, Mindy and my Dad on Fathers Day and Monday I had the spinal. Tuesday I started a heavy IV therapy dose of steroids for 5 days. The facial numbness went away and I got my taste back! I just had to wait another 6-8 weeks for the spinal results. The results came back last Thursday and it was 100% positive for MS. It was like reliving the first appointment all over again. I was secretly hoping the doctor got it all wrong and it was some cruel joke. I was waiting for Ashton Kushor to jump out and say you’ve been punked. Not this time.

This will not kill me, I will be around just as long as anyone else. The Neurologist said I was lucky that it wasn’t a brain tumor or a stroke. I know I am lucky! There are a lot of people out there in worse shape than I am. I will get through this just like the millions of other people with MS who get through it. There has not been an obstacle that I couldn’t take and I’m not letting this be the first!

My family has all told me that there is a reason that I have MS. I have not figured that out yet but maybe it’s to bring awareness of this disease through my awesome fight family and fans. Maybe together we can help each other take life one day at a time. That’s what I am doing. When people ask me what I am doing next week I just shrug. I just know what I am doing tomorrow, and then tomorrow I will know what I am doing the next day. I cannot thank my family enough for the support the last couple months. They have been to all my appointments and held my hand through the whole process. I have realized how precious the saying one-day at time is. It really rings true now.

To all the fighters, fans, sponsors and employees of the AFC I really appreciate your patience and understanding when things get a little rough for me. I am not an MMA fighter, but now I am a MS fighter and will fight this as hard as I can. Thanks for the love! AFC Sarah

Here is a little info on MS and a link to the National MS Society for more information on this disease.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The exact antigen — or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack — remains unknown, which is why MS is considered by many experts to be “immune-mediated” rather than “autoimmune.”

Within the CNS, the immune system attacks myelin — the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers — as well as the nerve fibers themselves.
The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name.
When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a wide variety of symptoms.
The disease is thought to be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by a combination of one or more environmental factors.
People with MS typically experience one of four disease courses, which can be mild, moderate or severe.


Fight Season is here!

We are about to kick off the first fight of the year. Sept. 12th to be exact! I am so excited! Taking the summers off is great but I really start to miss my fight family. I just spent the last couple weeks working at our booth at the Alaska State Fair and it was really great catching up with people that I have not seen in a long time! The booth had some changes, new photos and some new gear! Lots stopped in to take advantage of the buy a shirt get a free ticket deal we had going at the fair! I have one guy who is 76 years old, his name is George. George come to see me every morning right when the fair opens up. He loves MMA and sometimes knows more about it than I do. He is the high light to my fair and reminds me a lot of my Grandpa who passed away when I was a kid. I love this state I live in and the stories people have to tell!

My buddy George at the Alaska State Fair 2012

Now that the fair is over and no more daily pork chop on a sticks, its time to get down to business.

I have put together a great fight card for this Wednesday night. There are alot of green guys (and girls) on this card but I feel there are some great match ups. The main event has been a fight in the making for some time. These two stand up warriors will go toe to toe both looking to get a shot at the 155 belt. Joe Degroff and Cody Rice have to be two of the most explosive stand up guys in this division!

Also a bit of a change this year, AFC has partnered with La Mex and Chilkoot Charlie’s and are going to be doing some GREAT promotions. AFC weigh ins will be held at the La Mex off Dimond every Tuesday before fight night from 7-9 p.m. and the After Fight Party will be right after each AFC fight! All the fighters and cage girls come down and it is a really great time! We will be having our after party in the Ice Bar at Chilkoot’s and I am even going!! Married life has been great to me and I don’t get out much! I am excited to see you all out there and thank you for your support for myself and the AFC! I love you guys!


Wedding Video Shot by Mike Foster and Shane Aguon

We got the video back on our wedding a few months back and forgot to share it. It was such a fun time in Hawaii marrying my love. This really captured the feel of the wedding week and how I felt during the whole process. Mike Foster was the AFC photographer until he moved to California a little over a year ago! We asked him to join us in Hawaii for the big day and he brought his friend Shane along for the ride. Just remember they travel and they are relatively inexpensive compared to other companies out there! Enjoy!

Sarah & Ryan from Shane Aguon on Vimeo.


June almost over already?

Where has the first month of Summer gone? Since our season has ended I was able to take our yearly trip to Vegas this past Memorial Day to celebrate turning 30. It was not as bad as expected turning 30. As far as I am concerned 30 is the new 20 and I feel younger with more energetic than I ever have felt! Read the rest of this entry »


Got Hitched and had 2 events!

So a lot has happened since my last post. I am now officially Sarah Lorimer. Yea we did it, we got hitched! After the December AFC we ran off to Oahu with our close friends and family and said I do on the ocean in the wedding ceremony of our dreams! Our little family is now complete and could not be happier.

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AFC 86 “Tankmode vs Naptime” Fight of the decade!

AFC hosted its  93rd event last Wednesday night! How is that you say? We were only on AFC 86. Well we have had 5 events in Wasilla, a 2 day tournament and also an AFC at the Egan center. AFC is fast approaching its 100th event! That is grounds for a celebration!

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I’m back, did you miss me?

So what a crazy summer and so much to catch up on! I def missed my fight family but loved getting some time off to regroup!! Thats just what I did! With the wedding coming it was time to get in wedding dress shape! 31.6lbs down 18.4 to go!! 2 months and counting. The summer was really good to me and my friend Amber was a huge motivating factor! It takes a lot to chase after these fighters and for the first time in my life I am able to do so! I did a marathon this summer! 26.2 miles…. Are you KIDDING ME??? that was by far one of the hardest things I have ever done. I recommend it to everyone to at least try it once in your life. To walk across the finish line gave me hope…. It let me know that anything is possible. After Read the rest of this entry »


Enjoying the Summer and getting back to basics!

Let me just start off by saying NO I HAVE NOT QUIT ON THE AFC! We are taking summers off and will be releasing the new 2011-2012 schedule very soon! I miss my fight family, but it was time to take some time for me! :)

So I have been off since May 20th from all things fight related. In the mean time I have been able to go on a bear hunt up the Deshka with the Alaska Healing Hearts and the wounded woman soldiers, have went on multiple kayaking trips,  done some trout fishing and most importantly work on getting in shape. I have a wedding that is calling my name in December. I figured it was time to get serious! I have not been active in over 5 years. My life has been consumed by work and family. I have not really taken a whole lot of time for myself or my health. This has all changed. Read the rest of this entry »


AFC 83 ready or not here I come!

AFC 83 “Best of the Best 7″ has been a blast to put together. The fight card is stacked and the UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world is going to be here in Alaska…. at the AFC. What a great night it will be.

As I sit here and get prepared for the weigh ins tonight, I had to stop and think how I am going to miss not having fights this Summer. Yes it will be a nice break but I am not sure what I am going to do with out the monthly pressure of the event. haha. I can not wait to work on AFC this summer and truly have time to really plan how to make every event like AFC 83 has turned out to be. I am very thankful to the fighters, fans, volunteers and AFC employees who make each event possible. I promise to come back in September stronger!

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Viva Las Vegas

So most of you know that I am getting married December of this year. I have been on a budget all year and am trying to save for the wedding. This means no yearly trip to Las Vegas for my birthday Memorial Day weekend. I was super bummed that I would not be able to make it down there as one of my favorite fighters is headlining the event. Its the third installment of Gray Maynard vs Frankie Edgar. After the draw the last time they fought I knew that the 3 time will be a charm for Gray! I expressed to my fiance that I would love to go but did not want to spend the money. Read the rest of this entry »

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