3 Years ago almost to the day, I woke up normal just like any other day. What I didn’t know was how much it would change my life. I had already spent 5 years dealing with TBI and PTSD. What I didn’t know was my body was struggling function properly. —
I woke up feeling sick, thinking I had the flu or some virus that was going around. I went about my day, pushing through just like I always do. I walked in the door that evening and started talking to my wife when my legs gave out and I became very dizzy and nauseous. Little did I know that would be the last time that I would walk for the next 2 months. —
I was unable to fully use my legs, they constantly ached and would tense up. We spent several days in and out of ER’s, the VA hospital, and urgent cares. But no one seemed to have any answers. Cardiologists said it was a neurology problem, neurologists said it was a cardiology problem. —
After 10+ Doctors, 4 Hospitals and 3 Years, we still don’t have any definitive answers on what’s going on. We’ve been told POTS, and that I have a pinched brain stem. But Doctors don’t know. —
So I push through when I can walk and make the most out of each day. When I can’t use my legs very well, I get around with a cane or walker. Some days won’t even allow me to get out of bed. I have a goal and I’m going to make it happen. Even if I have to do it with a cane or a wheel chair. I will be on that stage next October. I don’t care if I win or come in last. But I will not allow my disabilities to dictate my life. —
There’s not an excuse in the world that can hold you from achieving your goals. Unless your on your death bed, get out there and work hard and make it happen.
If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you.
Consistency is something l’ve always found myself struggling with while on deployment 😒
3 weeks later I’m still regaining the strength l lost while out at sea. Some days, l question how much time l spend in the gym vs. doing other things to enjoy my time on land. But once you see how strong you are capable of becoming, going backwards in the process is insulting to all the hard work you put in the past. •
3 weeks later, I’m still putting in work everyday because no one else is going to do it for me. No one else is going to do it for YOU.
Other people will only motivate you so much. At the end of the day it’s all about how much you want it. •
Put together some clips from this week of me throwing baby weight around.
Enjoy the struggle faces 🙃