Early stages of life, age 5-11
I was 5yrs old when I was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It wasn't really apparent to me that I had it at that age but eventully I was noticing that I'm getting weaker and falling down more around age 8. When I was 10yrs old I had to drive a 3 wheel scooter around school in 3rd and 4th grade. I was still able to get out and walk. August 31, 2008 was the last time I stood on my feet. I imagined the wheelchair that came next would make me look like an old lady because I thought it was going to be a slow, jazzy wheelchair. I was surprised when I saw how cool it looked. The first day I got the wheelchair it felt like I was a professional wheelchair racer. Once I got home with it, I just casually starting to do donuts in my front yard because at this time I was living in Florida which had so much room in the yard to do the donuts. When I got to school my friends didn't even pay attention to the wheelchair. It wasn't important that I was in a wheelchair. What mattered was the kind of person and friend I was. Which is funny, having fun, and just being a good overall friend. These guys knew me before I was in a wheelchair so they knew what regression I went through, thats the reasons I felt like I was welcomed in to a brotherhood.
No more Walking
Life has been different than my dad and I expected, but it hasn't slowed me down. People may wonder how I can be happy with my limitations, but I believe that my limitations have helped me discover avenues of happiness that would never have become apparant to me.
Fill the Void
I became very competitive with gaming, Call Of Duty, NBA , MLB and other games. This is my escape from physical limits and levels the playing field across the board. I run, jump shoot, dunk, pitch, bat,fight with my mind, hands and eyes.
The World needs some inspiration. Life is full of happy things if we can look beyond the challenges and distractions that block our vision.