My Story

me and DevinI’m an NPC Men’s Physique Competitor who in 2009 was fortunately diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Spino-cerebellar Ataxia type 7. This disorder effects the part of the brain which controls motor skills thus causing issues with walking, balance, and coordination and speech. There is no none cure for this and I was told by doctors that it wouldn’t be long before I would need to use a wheel chair. For the record it wasn’t a typo, I say fortunately because if this didn’t happen to me I would be the person I am right now. My purpose on this earth was apparently different then I originally thought.

After spending time frustrated and angry from not finding answers , I looked into ways which I could be proactive in bettering my situation. I started to see that I need to focus on the things I can control thus leading me to look how health and fitness could assist me in my journey. After placing an extreme dedication towards my health and fitness, I developed a want nd need to continue to push myself and spread the word that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. I turned to Body building as a means to keep pushing forward as I learned how much is required to step on a competitive bodybuilding stage given my issues. I started competing in 2012 to fulfill a dream and to continue to challenged myself.

While I could sit back and complain about the negative I have come to realize that my higher power will never give me more than I can handle so feeling sorry for myself is a waste of time and energy. I will not sit back and be complacent and make excuses why I can’t do something. I didn’t ask for this disorder, but it is what it is and I am going to put my best foot forward and never give up. I plan on continuing my fitness journey with the support of my family, friends and my coach Jason Giardino and look forward competitng with the best of the best of the NPC and my ultimate goal one day joining the ranks of the IFBB. However no matter what my competitive future holds my main purpose for competing is to raise awareness about the Ataxia disorder and to show people nothing is impossible unless you tell yourself it is.

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