Kriste Lewis, a 40-year-old mother of two boys, has had her dream of becoming an NFL cheerleader come true. Lewis, who has a special story to share, recently joined the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, the Saintsations.

Not only fighting her age as an obstacle as she auditioned for the squad, Lewis fights an unfortunate kidney disease, for which she turned into an inspiration rather than a limitation.

Lewis had this to share regarding her disease and tryout process, in an interview with ABC News (via Fox Sports).

There were a lot of young, beautiful girls, who ranged in age from 18 to 30. It was a fear. I will not lie

Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with polysistic kidney disease. Eventually my kidneys will shut down [and] I will be in need of dialysis and in need of a transplant. That had a lot to do with me auditioning as well. I didn’t want to waste a day.

Lewis who is extremely excited to hit the field, is truly an inspiration. The word “can’t” obviously is not in her vocabulary. I wish her success in her endeavor, and hope that she is admired for her courage to reach out and make her goal a reality.