SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Climbing through life with Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida (SB)

David Sowers

How we set our own limits in life

My name is David and I was born with a spinal cord defect called Spina Bifida. Doctors told my parents that I would never walk...And boy, did I want to prove them wrong. My parents luckily were just as stubborn as I would become and wouldn't take that prognosis. With their encouragement, I fought from chest high braces, to none at all today.

In 2013, due to pressure sores on my feet, I had to have an amputation.  While a heavy blow to me at the time since I had fought this for many years, this wasn't going to stop me either. In fact it freed me. Today, I rock climb, play beach volleyball, scuba dive, and really anything else in life that I want. I hope that every kid, adult, anyone out there with any challenge in life knows that they have the ability to set their limits as high as they can dream. I learned through a mentor in rock climbing, that "we get up the wall in our own way, even if it's not the route laid out for us".  Adapt to your circumstances, and I encourage everyone to keep climbing through life.

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