Life Doesn’t Stop With A DisABILITY

Hi all,

I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to the Christmas holiday ?

During this blog I wanted to take a moment to talk about why life doesn’t need to stop if you have a disability. I feel that this is an important subject and hopefully when you read this it will encourage you to go and get what you want. Disability or no disability anything you want is in your reach. With a little bit of positive thinking mixed in with some simple lifestyle changes you will be astounded by the changes that can occur.

I completely understand the feeling when everything is against you, you feel  completely  useless, alone and that you have nothing to give and your disability controls your life. Who’s had those feelings before? Who’s has just wanted to give up? Trust me I’ve had all those feelings and I know it’s a horrible place to be. I’ve learnt the only thing that can get you out of this negative, unproductive  mind set is you and only you. I understand that we are all different, different disabilities, different circumstances but trust me when I say it is possible to be completely  happy with your life and accept all of your disability and the challenges it brings. Hand on my heart I thought my life had ended, I had to give up a well established career as a plumber  and heating engineer and also I had to retire from playing rugby.

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But I had to knuckle down and not let my disability control my life and future. Here are a few things I’ve found that help me to overcome manage living with a disability.

  1. Keeping Fit has helped me to battle my dystonia both  physically and mentally. If I feel good I look good, I have confidence and whilst I am training  It makes me forget about my problems for a moment, it gives me a boost and a buzz that then motivates me, its like no other drug.

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2. Balanced diet – I’m a strong believer, you are what you eat. A balanced diet has helped me tremendously. Eating clean and healthy makes me feel more active and gives me a feel good factor. A poor diet can make you feel sluggish and lazy. When you have those feelings it makes you lazy and my opinion can make your situation worse.

3. A close circle of friends- my friends have and will always be there for me through the good and bad times. They will be with you whenever you need them. Take you for who, you  are no matter what. For  me I’m lucky to have such a close knit circle of friends.

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4. Family are the ones who rally around when the going gets tough. For me, I’m lucky  to have amazing in laws and a beautiful wife. Without them I would not be where I am today.

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I have accomplished so much since having Dystonia, I’ve started a new career in the fitness Industry, I have had a chance to model, which I thought I would never do, I have sponsorships from numerous company’s and there’s lots to come in 2017. I’m proud to admit I could not be any happier. I am sure that there are still tough times but this does not deter me, I need to keep on going and sustaining that positive mind set so that I can reach my goals and  make my dreams and ambitions a reality.

Never let your disability define you, do whatever you want to and work  every day to  reach your goals.

I would like to finish  with  the  quote the “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength”

I hope you enjoy this blog and feel free to leave a comment our your life  own views ☺

 

 

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12 comments

  1. Great article james. I also have dystonia (cervic dystonia to be specific)… I have had my fair share of ups and downs.. But just like you.. I continue to be active. I keep myself busy by running.. Recently, I am into triathlons..despite the painful neck, I don’t let my dystonia control my life… Keep on inspiring us James!

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  2. Love your quote. You were probably a super rugby player. My 17 year old grandson here in California LOVES rugby. He plays football too, but rugby is his love. I had to buy a book called “Rugby for Dummies”. Ha. Merry Christmas!

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  3. I have SO much admiration for you! It takes courage to put yourself out there like you do. But you perform an awesome service to those who are unfamiliar with dystonia and other disabilities. Letting people see the benefits of maintaining your health with exercise and good nutrition is also worthy and well appreciated! I’m glad you have such a great support system. It makes things so much better!

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  4. Your blog is so uplifting. You sound powerful and resilient. My SD voice and Dystonia pain, upon walking, make me feel like a freak and on a bad day its hard not to miss what I have lost in ability and career. I strive for the good days and your words remind me of everything that is already good in my life. Thanks for speaking out like you do and reminding me I am not alone.

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  5. I just found your blog because of your post published by The Mighty. I absolutely love that you’re in the fitness industry! I became disabled nearly two years ago and I’ve been struggling to find the balance between resting and caring for my body/joints (I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, hypermobility type), and being in the gym lifting heavy things 🙂 I’d love to know more about your gym routines, do you think you’re going to be discussing them in more detail on your blog? Or are there any particular resources you can suggest? Thanks, I look forward to keeping up with your adventures! 💪

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