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Everyone deals with crap. We all have bad days, bad experiences, we make bad choices, people treat us unfairly and no matter what the issue or circumstance, we have the freedom to choose how to respond to the hardships in our life.
When I was 25, I was diagnosed with a rare, debilitating and life-shortening disease. When I was 27 I confronted the on-going wrestling match with my own sexuality. At the age of 28 I started over in many areas of my life - waiting tables and selling cigarettes and lotto tickets at a gas station. At 31 I started talking about my unsettled life more openly.
The disease, Friedreich's Ataxia, is a multi-system enemy causing damage to my nerves, muscle control, gait distribution, spine, speech and more. There is currently no cure or treatment. Like many things in my life: it's one day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
Since that diagnosis, I've chosen to conquer life, even in the midst of chaos. I bought a bike and competed in the Race Across America with three friends. I started climbing mountains. I started running, or walking, or disjointedly moving across finish lines. I've chosen to do what I can, while I can. Right now. Right now I have a choice and so do you.
Still, Much To Live For
That's just barely scratching the surface of my life. Somewhere along the way I also began sharing and challenging audiences of all ages and sizes to conquer life, too. I work hard to live authentically. Guarded but authentic. Interpret that however you want. You're welcome to follow along - let's conquer life together.
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