Pavel Ythjall was on top of the world. One of the best fitness photographers in the world, he had started the fitness company Fighterdiet with his ex-wife, Pauline. The company was a success, helping more than 10,000 women each year take control of their lives and become strong, fit, healthy, and empowered.
To make things even better, he was married to the love of his life, Kat. Life felt like a fairytale. He and Kat shared a zest for life, and they had the financial means to live to the fullest. They went for helicopter rides and yacht rides. They traveled frequently to Belize and other amazing places.
And then, in December 2015, the fairytale came to an end. They were on their way to a Christmas party when their tire blew out. After swerving and hitting a freeway sign, their car rolled three or four times. Pavel broke his neck and Kat was paralyzed.
It was devastating. In the blink of an eye, the couple who had been savoring everything life had to offer found themselves fighting just to survive. And even if they both lived—and after his near decapitation, and doctors giving Kat only a 10 percent chance of survival, that seemed like a big if—Pavel knew that life could never be the same.
In this episode, Pavel shares their story as well as the book he wrote, True Love & Suffering, that helps to remind people facing hardship and tragedy that they are not alone.
True Love & Suffering is currently ranked #1 in two Amazon categories! In addition to hitting Best Seller, the book was also named a #1 Amazon Hot New Release!
Learn more about Kat: https://strongwithkat.com/
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