Kelly Motley: The Fight for My Life: Boxing Through Chemo

Speaker May 20, 2022


I was feeling stuck in my life despite having a successful PR business and a wonderful family. One day I just wanted to hit something (we’ve all been there) so I did – I found a boxing class. I loved boxing so much I hired a super middle weight professional boxer and former Olympic boxing coach. The principles I learned about boxing became life savers when I faced my most difficult fight – breast cancer. “The Fight for My Life” lays out those principles. I wrote the book I wished I could have read when I was diagnosed but it didn’t exist then.

Kelly Motley

Kelly Motley is the author of The Fight for My Life: Boxing Through Chemo, which chronicles how boxing helped her to navigate a breast cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy. Kelly recently was a guest on the biggest podcast in the boxing industry talking about her book, which received more than 50K views. Kelly’s new book received praise from a number of bestselling authors such as Rebecca Wells, the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. One of the world’s biggest Christian authors Stormie Omartian sKelly Motley is the author of  The Fight for My Life: Boxing Through Chemo, which chronicles how boxing helped her to navigate a breast cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy. Kelly’s been interviewed on TV and her guest appearance on the biggest podcast in the boxing industry garnered more than 50K views. Parnassus. one of the most celebrated Indie bookstores in America, hosted an in-person conversation event with Kelly about her book.


The Fight for My Life received praise from bestselling authors such as Rebecca Wells the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. One of the world’s biggest Christian authors Stormie Omartian said, “Kelly Motley’s book is about spiritual hope and power and courageously getting into the ring when facing your worst enemy. In her case, it is a formidable cancer opponent. This is one of the best-written books I have read and there is an important lesson for everyone who reads it. She does not gloss over her raw feelings or her struggles as she has to deal with each new stage, disappointment, and complication. She faced her worst fears head on – including near death – and came out the other side stronger than ever. Whenever I have to face my worst fear or greatest enemy, I intend to read this book again to remind me how to do it.” 


Kelly has owned her own public relations and brand marketing company, working with publicly traded companies, CEOs and entrepreneurs in Nashville’s $92 billion healthcare industry. She lands stories America’s top news sources. She and her husband of almost 30 years live in Nashville and they have two sons, a new daughter-in-law, a German Shepard named Chloe (who was written about in  The  WSJ) and chickens.

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