As many of you know, I have been studying the martial arts since I was about 8 years old. I have been to many different schools and seen many different styles of teaching and learning. As I have progressed, I have tried to couple what I know from who I am in Christ with the good teachings and lessons I have learned from each school I've been to and trained in. The initial reason I started in martial arts was because of doctor recommended therapy for a disease I have in my legs called Hereditary Spastic Paralysis. As a refresher for those who are new to the blog, essentially what is wrong is that while my brain communicates fine with the majority of my body, the neuro-receptors in my legs do not receive the signal from my brain properly. This causes spastic hypertension and shakiness and causes my feet to turn out in a 45 degree angle. As I have progressed in my condition (because what I have, though similar to cerebral palsy, is actually regenerative) I have gone from needed a wheelchair to get around to using a walker and then later a cane. To this day I still use the cane. That is about to change.
I feel that through all of the lessons I have picked up from the various schools, personal struggles that I have and am in the process of overcoming coupled with what Christ has done in my life, I have obtained a God-given resolve to continue to improve. I have refused to let what some would call a disability stop me from training, working and going about my daily life in any way. While there will always be some limitations, I have made great strides (no pun intended) towards full-blown healing and recovery. Today as I write this blog to you, I am beginning a new stage in my progression. Increasingly as the days go, I will attempt to use my cane less and walk unassisted more. This will be my greatest challenge yet! Over the years, my mind has learned to become dependent on something physical to support me as I walk. Something has always been there for as long as I could remember for me to lean on or go to when I felt like I was going to fall. Additionally, from age 8 until now, I have used a cane and my various canes throughout the years have become extensions of my arm and a part of my personality. In this next stage of my development, I will be eliminating something that has been a part of me for over a decade. Not to mention that by taking this next step (again no pun intended) I will essentially be reteaching myself how to walk. This will be no small feat, but I believe that with God's strength anything is possible. Trust in God friends, and He can move the mountains.