“Could Have Been a World-Class Olympian”: Flex Wheeler Narrates the Story of a Cancer Survivor Mother Living an Excuse-Free Life

Published 03/21/2023, 6:15 AM EDT

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Flex Wheeler stunned the bodybuilding world when he made his pro debut in 1990. From the beginning, Wheeler showcased unmatched symmetry, proportions, and shape. While he didn’t win a Mr. Olympia, he won four Arnold Classic titles, and many fans call him an uncrowned Mr. Olympia. Forced to retire from bodybuilding two decades ago, Wheeler has gone through numerous health scares and survived life-threatening complications. Now a bodybuilding and transformation coach, Wheeler shared the story of another survivor on Instagram.

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Earlier, ‘The Sultan of Symmetry’ uploaded an Instagram story praising the resilience of one of his clients. He narrated her inspiring story and had a message for his fans.

A story about never giving up

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In his Instagram story, Flex Wheeler addressed his fans. “Hey, I want to talk to you about one of my clients. One of my clients I’m very privileged to be working with,” said the five-time Ironman Pro winner. Wheeler said the name of his client is Shanae Miller. “Mother of one, wife, and survivor of cancer,” added the bodybuilding icon.

“She had stage four cancer and just went through chemo,” said the three-time Mr. Olympia runner-up. Wheeler explained how despite having cancer, Miller didn’t give up. He even showed a short clip of Miller working out. “She joined Flex Wheeler’s coaching and haven’t given up,” said Wheeler, praising her resilience.

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“She’s a world-class athlete, a world-class sprinter back in high school,” he mentioned. He also said that Shanae “could have been a world-class Olympian if she wanted to,” in his Instagram story. After narrating his client’s inspiring story, ‘The Sultan of Symmetry’ conveyed a message to his nearly 850,000 Instagram followers.

“There’s no excuse in life. There’s no giving up. Keep fighting. Remember, you’re investing in the most important thing that you ever have invested in, and that’s your health,” the former champion said. Despite facing numerous health-related challenges, including losing part of his leg, Wheeler himself hasn’t given up.

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Since being diagnosed with the rare kidney disease, Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Flex Wheeler has overcome many setbacks. After numerous surgeries, an amputation, and a kidney transplant, the former champion has overcome the adversities that came his way. 

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While he still struggles with many issues, Wheeler has found a new purpose in life. At the Arnold Classic 2023, Arnold Schwarzenegger honored his favorite bodybuilder with a lifetime achievement. “Everything that I’ve done wrong, everything that I’ve done right, all of it led me to the man that I am and I am thankful for all of it,” he said while receiving the award.

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What did you make of Shanae Miller’s inspiring story and Flex Wheeler’s message of never giving up? Write your thoughts in the comments.

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Sagnik Bagchi

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Sagnik Bagchi is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor's and Master's in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. He has experience working as a freelance MMA writer for Sportskeeda.
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