Once upon a time, there was a little girl whose future did not seem so bright. She was born with a brain disorder called Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is the most common incurable, congenital defect of the brain and spine effecting over a million individuals. It occurs due to the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that characterizes hydrocephalus.
She lived in a world where those around her could walk, run, jump, play sports, and do other physical activities without any limitations. Unlike the others, this little girl was only able to walk with braces on her feet, and eye patches on her eyes. Instead of the daily play-dates, she unwillingly went to physical therapy sessions. Whenever she ran, she was expected to fall, and playing sports was never an option for her. She was slower than the rest, but more determined than the average.
As time went on this little girl began to gain minimal strength to get her through daily life. However, this was not enough for her. When high school rolled around, she was tired of being "the special kid." This is when she discovered the gym. As she walked into the gym for the first time, she had no idea it would change her life. The curious 14-year-old knew nothing about working out, but was willing to learn. With diligent workouts, she began to build up strength she never knew she had. Guess what? She was hooked.
Now, years later, I am proud to embrace the girl I once was. I feel stronger than ever. I am now an NCSF certified personal trainer, as well as a NASM certified Sports Nutritionist. I am ready to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle and find their own personal strength!