I stopped breathing when I was 2 months old because of a congenital heart defect known as a coarctation of the aorta and a bicuspid aortic valve and had 2 major cardiac surgeries before I was out of middle school.
At the age of 30, with two children under 3 as well as owning a business for which I was a 60% revenue producer, I had 30 days notice that I was going to be out of work for 2-3 months. I had a life-threatening aortic aneurysm as a result of the congenital conditions I suffered as a child and required open-heart surgery in the next 30 days during which they would replace up to 8 inches of the largest artery in my body, the aorta, and potentially replace my aortic valve as well as my mitral valve.
I have come out of this part of my life stronger and more determined than ever to live with integrity and am determined to accomplish things few believe possible. I am passionate about my personal growth living every minute as an opportunity to learn and improve.
I have a deep sense of purpose and believe that everyone has the right to be better if they are willing to work to achieve it. I believe in challenging the status quo when it stands in the way of better and I live to be better everyday.
I am an Entrepreneur, Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional, author and business owner in North Carolina.
I am both nervous and excited to share my thoughts, feelings and discoveries as I continue through my ever deep dive into myself as a man, father, husband, business owner, Physical Therapist, Strength Coach, Golf Performance Expert and someone given the OPPORTUNITY to live with congenital heart defects and aortic disease.
Writing has been a huge way for me to explore my deeper self of hidden emotions and feelings and has inspired me to be better. My goal in sharing this with the world is that one of you reading this might feel inspired to inspire someone. If I achieve that, I have achieved better and I can leave this earth knowing I lived as an example for my children.
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