We want to say thank you to another frontline worker and spotlight our next Member of the Month, Abby! Scroll down to read more about her!
Abby Valencia-Gooding- Nurse
1) How did you get started at CFNE and what did you do before?
My friend and former coworker, Naomi Fener, brought me to Morgan’s 9:30 class. I tried it once and loved it. I was shocked how everyone knew each other’s names and cheered each other on. Prior to CFNE, I mainly did boxing at Peter Welch’s in Southie and kickboxing.
2) Where are you from and where are all the places you’ve lived?
I grew up in Peru, IL. Then, I moved to San Diego to attend Univ. Of San Diego and got my BA in Psych. Afterwards, I moved to Boston to go to nursing school at Boston College.
3) What’s your favorite Crossfit movement?
Favorite CFNE movements: Deadlifts and Toes-To-Bar
4) If you were a Starbucks drink, what would you be and why?
My Starbucks drink isn’t anything fancy: its a regular iced coffee w/ a touch of cream, cinnamon, and monk fruit sweeter.
5) If you could only have one meal the rest of your life, what would it be?
My favorite food: Sinigang (Filipino fish soup w/ bok choy, Adobo, and mangos.
6) What is the craziest thing you’ve ever witnessed in your line of work?
Craziest thing Ive seen at work….Covid 19! I been a nurse 20 years most of those years were and are in the ICU. Now is definitely the craziest time….patients are soooo sick! Some have garden hose sized tubes in their necks (ECMO) to assist their lungs. I never imagined I see patients without visitors dying alone. I remember when we had 9 cases of Covid 19 and now that number has soared to the point where we are short-staffed at night, short respiratory therapists to run the vents, etc.
6) What is your favorite book, and why?
Cesar Milan’s “Leader of the Pack”…it’s about lessons he learned from all his dogs, but the stories apply to all of us.
7) What would you name the autobiography of your life?
8) What superpower would you want to possess?
If I had the superpower to be invisible and to fly would be great.
9) What was the most important lesson you’ve had to learn?
Do what you can, while you can. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed”.
10) What’s your favorite memory from CFNE?
When we were lined-up in plank position rolling the medicine balls down the line and I messed up because the balls ended up in a pile because I didn’t push them fast enough!