One of the things I love most about social media is being able to follow other people who may have challenges and see how they’re coping and overcoming them. I had the pleasure of talking to David Stjohn aka Champ – someone who is a shining light of positivity, resilience, and perseverance in my social media feed.
What is the name of your condition? “Cerebral palsy”.
How long have you had cerebral palsy? I’ve had cerebral palsy all of my life”.
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems using the muscles.
Living with any disability is challenging. What do you do to stay positive? “When life gets to be too much to handle, my faith is a big one. In tough times my faith gets me through each and every day”.
Speaking of faith, what is your favorite Bible verse? “Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
What else gets you through? “The gym is a big one. Music! I love music. I really believe in staying positive so this is what champs do when life gets to be too much to handle”.
If you could walk for one day, where would you walk to? “Let’s see, I would walk to the gym and do all of the exercises I couldn’t do before. Maybe do some boxing standing up. That would be great”.
What do you like about boxing? “I started boxing one and a half years ago at a place called Jet Fitness in Okemos, Michigan as a form of exercise. Boxing is great cardio and it works the same muscles standing or sitting down”.
What advice do you have for anyone living with a disability? “Be positive. Be patient. Always be kind. Always love. Be all of these things and be smart. Don’t get taken advantage of. Always keep trying. Be strong. Be a champion”.
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