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[MUSIC PLAYING] We are guided by our vision.
That one day, all people will live, work--
--Learn and play in a community based on--
--Abilities and not disabilities.
I encountered a snowmobile accident two years, two and a half years ago. It was February 3, 2013. As I lost my grip, I rolled into a tree and injured my back.
Courage Kenny programs that I've been involved in and the people that are part of that program and been working with me are there to support me in whatever I do. You know you can come here and you're going to be treated and handled at the highest level. I can't say enough about the team here. They are very supportive. They are very caring. They're here to help you attain your goals, but you've got to be able to be willing to work with them and help push yourself to reach those goals as well.
Courage Kenny, along with the ABLE program, has given me not only the feeling of my life back, but I don't feel like I'm a person with a disability. I am someone who is able to do many things now that I never thought I would be to do again. To be able to do the activities, be active with my family, back to work, and just being involved in my community has meant the world to me, and that's what Courage Kenny means to me.
Hey, Tony, huh?
What's up, Steve?
Tony, what you doing here, man?
I had a stroke when I was 35 years young. I needed a place to come where I can get independent living skills, and all of this was new to me. I had came from the lowest point of my life I feel. I want to give back, because along the way, so many people had helped me.
I volunteer here. All the lives I've seen changed over the years, you see people come one way and leave a different way. And words can't just explain that. I bring something to the staff from a former client perspective. And so being here for many years and forming this close relationship, they believe in me, and I believe in them.
I am very proud and honored and grateful to have the working relationship that I have with the staff. And I always put this out, especially in my group and to people when I talk to them and meet with them about my journey, I don't want to know where I would be if I didn't have my stroke, because I've met so many awesome people and learned so many meaningful things in and about life. So this is about the journey of life.
I have a rare hereditary nerve disease called Parsonage-Turner syndrome. It leaves chronic pain. It leaves damage to my nerves. I've been a musician my whole life.
This room that we're in right now, it became my sanctuary. We were here every day. It was the last hour of our day in the pain program, which was spent in this relaxation room, and I learned how to breathe correctly. I learned how to fight pain without the use of pain medication, just through breathing, through guided meditation. And I still to this day meditate every day.
I get hope first. I've been in a place in my life where I was hopeless, and I plan never going back to that place. If I hadn't gone through the pain program and cleaned up my act in other ways in life, I wouldn't have a wife, and I definitely wouldn't have my best friend in the world slash best love of my life. I wouldn't have that. And in a way, I owe that to Courage Kenny too. My life is better than I ever could have imagined.
I've been coming to Courage Kenny for as long as I can remember. I have low muscle tone. The doctor said that I wasn't able to do a lot of things, but I can.
My therapist's name is Erin. I like to play with Erin. We like to play on the big swing. I couldn't do jump rope, but then I came one day, and I just started jump roping.
When I go to the pool, I always feel like doing big kicks in the pool and diving outwards. We've been doing that to strengthen my hips so they won't hurt. We do zoom ball, and it gets really hard at times. I have back pains a lot, so it helps to strengthen my back and sit up tall.
Normally when I do craft projects, I have to go over a ball, and I do my craft on my stomach so it's working on my muscles. And I have to keep my neck up, because my neck hurts a lot, so that helps strengthen it. I feel more confident now that I can do that stuff, and I can play with my friends and do it in gym class with them.
And I don't feel as nervous doing them or get frustrated. If I don't go see Erin, my back starts to hurt, and my neck hurts. And I also miss Erin. Erin and I are friends.
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