We had the opportunity to record an interview a few months back on the Stories That Empower podcast with Sean Fajardi. Check it out here!
On the podcast, Mark talked about his passion and mission to raise global awareness of ataxia.
When he was in his 30s, Mark noticed that he slurred his words, had brain fog, and was losing his balance. Mark was diagnosed with Ataxia. Initially, he was severely depressed and wanted to stay in bed. Later, Mark felt that Ataxia presented him with a challenge with two options. He could believe the words of his martial arts instructors, where he was taught that he can do anything he puts his mind to. Alternatively, Mark could believe the doctors and feel that there’s no hope. He chose the former. Mark feels that the disease is just another sparring partner but doesn’t know how he’s going to do it. However, he knows he must believe that winning is a possibility.
Mark shares the following nuggets of wisdom:
– humour is often the best tool in our arsenal
– remain open and flexible
– be willing to adapt and adjust
– challenges can feel isolating, so find others like you
– form your own journey and story
– believe that winning is a possibility
Click below to hear the entire interview!