YOUR life doesn't need to suck. You can Adapt and Thrive despite the Adversity YOU face.

My mission is clear.

With the Living Adaptive you can expect shows with individuals that managed to achieve something notable despite facing significant adversity.

The reason for starting the Living Adaptive podcast is because of the money...kidding.  I won't sell you anything, everything is free, because that's where I am now.  I won't tell you one program is the program to change your life.  I won't pretend to be the foremost expert, although, I will interview those that are noted experts.  I won't pretend that everything is okay, when sometimes it's not.  What I will do is produce shows that I believe hold value for me, and others.  The Living Adaptive Podcast is beyond a passion project.  I began Living Adaptive because the adaptive tribe is my tribe.  You know?  I am a member.  I lived in this realm my entire life.  And better yet, I am a story teller, and I am here to share stories and hopefully bring some value to each listener.


 

My adaptive story (short version)

Quickly, I am a parent, adventure athlete, content creator, 40, and I happen to be born with a congenital disability.  I was born with a multitude of issues impacting my legs, specifically severe bilateral clubfoot, patella dislocations, small hip joint deformities, and atrophy and shortening of the muscles in my lower legs. The treatments (including highly invasive surgery (medical records are HERE) I received were archaic. But what freaks many out... is when I say, I am really thankful for my challenges and I wouldn't change a thing.

More Details

There's no answer for why I was born with my issues.  Some think it's due to malpositioning in the womb causing a difficult situation for my legs and feet.  My feet are hit the hardest.  I had significant surgeries (now deemed archaic and harmful) to stand upright.  I did gain the ability to get upright and I adapted.  My legs look different but I found a way to compete against non-adaptive athletes and performed relatively well.  The official diagnosis is bilateral severe clubfoot with complications in all joints up the legs.

Challenges

Starting at a young age, doctors were generally negative, filling me with doubts, and they still do.  Highly educated medical professions that deal in probabilities instead of possibilities and as a kid it’s easy to believe the doctors.  But I am stubborn, and I didn’t listen to the doctors.  I adapted.  For many years, my acceptance of myself was not there.  I know what it's like to be beaten down verbally.  I know the experience of a room full of people doubting you.  I know what it's like to receive horrible news about one's health (advice from cut off your lower legs to declaring I should give up walking.  I also know what it's like to look in the mirror and hate what you see.  I hated looking at my legs in the mirror and holy fuck if I saw them in a picture.  As a kid, it truly was difficult to be different.  As an adult, still tough, no bullshit.  For me, gaining a level acceptance occurred because of the stories our adaptive tribe shared.  We’re unique, and it’s pretty rad, and sharing our stories promotes community, healing, knowledge, and even acceptance.  So I am doing this Living Adaptive thing.

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