SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

PMA ALL THE WAY!

Spina Bifida (SB)

Joshua Bridgewater

But they didn’t know who they were dealing with...

Hi- my name is Joshua and I’m a 42 year old adaptive skateboarder/snowboarder/surfer. I was born in '74 w/ Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele. Doctors told my mother I would never walk, wouldn't leave home, and would need constant care for my whole life. They said I would struggle in life with work and relationships. A bunch of negative stuff! But they didn’t know who they were dealing with... At age 42 I have had a life of struggles, countless doctors appointments, endless bullying in my school years, which drove me to sever depression to the point of being suicidal. But that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. I found a strength in my later years that I never thought I possessed. This strength came partly from my faith and partly from just living through the hard times that life threw my way. I developed a strong self worth and security, growing mentally and emotionally stronger each day. I developed what I call “PMA”- Positive Mental Attitude! Despite having 32 surgeries, I’m living out life long dreams of being a sponsored adaptive skateboarder and promoting PMA worldwide. I am also happily married to the raddest, most supportive wife! Always remember: you CAN do whatever you put your mind to. PMA ALL THE WAY!

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