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So What's Your Excuse.....

Discussion in 'Medical Discussion' started by lwien, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    We all know that exercise offers some of the absolute best mental and physical benefits that any of us can do to help not only prolong life but make the life that we do have more enjoyable. But even though we know this, we can come up with all kinds of excuses as to why we don't exercise and I have no doubt that many of us feel totally justified in those excuses especially if we feel that we have physical disabilities or physical abilities that have been compromised either from disease or injuries.

    So with that being said, I present to you an individual who has cerebral palsy and whose parents were told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk. He not only found the courage and strength to begin a body building program, but also found the courage to display his accomplishments in spite of his disabilities.

    We all have hero's we look up to. This is one of mine and it begs the question..........So what's your excuse?

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  2. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    This is the key phrase. Not only is moving in general painful for me because my disease is raging, if I exercise it triggers inflammation in my body, I swell up significantly, and end up at the rheumatologist's office with a needle in my knee/ankle/butt. For example, I rode my old mountain bike on the paved path near the river. The next day my right leg was so swollen it was stuck straight, couldn't even bend my knee. Very painful. Going grocery shopping is a full day for me requiring rest afterwards.

    I love the fact that you look up to this guy, that's great, but everyone is different and your statement "what's your excuse" is probably going to feel insulting to some.

    My sister has MS and can not even get out of bed without help. She needs full time staff every day just to stay in her apartment. What's her excuse? My brother, also has MS and damage to his inner ear so his balance is gone and he is housebound. What is his excuse?
     
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  3. MyCollife

    MyCollife Well-Known Member

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    T-dub, let me know what you think of this. A friend of mine with disabilities similar to my own sent me the link.

    If this version of the video is cropped the rest is at the official TED site.

    I'm not trying to be a jerk by posting this. It's just a different viewpoint.
     
  4. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

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    @t-dub is of course correct that there are a very many people for whom any level of physical activity is not longer feasible. Absolutely.

    But I believe its also true that many people do indeed look at their infirmaries as an excuse to not push themselves any longer.

    I do not hold myself out as a shining example to anyone at all....for very good reason! LOL

    But I do chose to push myself to continue to experience as much of life as I can knowing that I will pay a price the next day. That's my personal choice. But I do push to the extent that I can and try not to judge what extent others can.

    I do find this fella featured in @lwien video clip to be VERY admirable for his strength of character and will.

    Cheers
     
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  5. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    Yes, all the videos are very inspiring and I respect these people a great deal, they are an inspiration for sure. However, everyone is different, their situation is different, and sometimes the "What's your excuse" line accompanied by said video or book or whatever is really an ignorant way to treat people who are disabled. This attitude usually comes at me from people who are generally well physically and have no experience with crippling pain and disease. They mean well but have not walked a mile in my shoes, so to speak.
    Yes, I also push my limits as well, however if I misjudge I end up with raging inflammation, pain, and usually some kind of steriod or Toradol shot and a course of prednisone at the very least. This has consequences as the inflammation is destroying my body. Its painful as well.

    Like I said, everyone is different. What these videos show are people doing extraordinary things which is fantastic. However, the best approach is not to say judgmentally, "what's your excuse", it should be more like "Hey look at this incredible story, I really look up to this person. What they are doing inspires me and I think you might like it." That to me is a much more positive message.
     
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  6. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    I have not walked a mile in your shoes, t-dub, but neither have you walked a mile in mine. I raised my twin boys as a single parent ever since they were 8 years old when their mom left us because she couldn't deal with their disabilities. They were both born with cerebral palsy and both are mildly retarded with IQ's in the low 70's. Now granted, the cerebral palsy that my boys have was not serious enough to confine them to a wheel chair but their CP along with their low IQ's kept them in special ed classes all the way through school.

    The one thing that I NEVER did was to allow them to use their disabilities as an excuse.....for anything and I still don't to this day. When I was raising them, I took them everywhere with me. When I went on a skiing vacation, they were they right along with me. When the ski instructor who worked with them a full day told me that my boys would never learn how to ski I didn't give up and I wouldn't allow them to either. I found an instructor who was willing to work with them along with their special needs and by the 3rd lesson, we were skiing down runs together. The same things held as well regardless if they were picked on at school or fired from a job that they really liked because they reached the level cap of their disability. Whatever it was, I demanded from them to do their very best and not use their disability as an excuse but rather look at it as an obstacle to overcome.

    Dub, I sincerely apologize if my title of this thread sounded judgmental. That was not my intent. You're right. Everyone is different. My purpose in posting this and titling the thread as I did was to "possibly" help motivate others to explore things that are outside of their comfort zone whatever that zone may be. For some, it may be running. For some, it may be walking and for some, it may be just getting out of the bed in morning. What we all DO have in common is an envelope and for most of us, we don't push on that envelope as hard as we should and believe me, I am not excluding myself here.

    The guy in that vid not only inspired me for what he accomplished, but even more because of the courage that it took in being able to fearlessly display his accomplishments ALONG with his disabilities and do so with pride.
     
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  7. Farid

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    I have been using the excuse that it's too cold outside to run. It's not too cold to run, but that is my excuse.
     
  8. Baron23

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    @lwien - thank you. I also find YOU to be VERY admirable for for your strength of character, will, commitment, and love.:clap::tup::nod:
     
  9. Melting Pot

    Melting Pot Sick & Twisted

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  10. GetLeft

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    What inspired me was hearing all the supporter.
     

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