Today I want to tell you a story about Brandon. He broke his first vertebrae 13 years ago. Doctors told him he had osteoperosis.
“I had already been diagnosed with seizure disorder, primary immune deficiency, adrenal failure and vision loss from meningitis and glaucoma, ” says Brandon. On top of all of that, Brandon had growth failure and an intestinal problem that lead to continuous tube feeding.
That would be more than enough to stop so many of us. But for Brandon, there was the Leap of Faith program at the Conroe Family YMCA.
Leap of Faith is an adaptive program that uses equine assisted therapy for children and adults, employing horseback riding to build confidence and self esteem, and among other things, develop upper body strength. Not only do these activities help with physical and mental development, but they assist in building independence.
“Speaking for myself it is the highlight of my life. The Leap of Faith program is more than just an outdoor rehab center, it’s a miracle maker,” says Brandon, who, 13 years later, is no longer completely wheelchair bound. In his words, he is “back in the saddle emotionally as well as physically, literally back to participation in life!”
So what is it that is holding you back from participating in life? Whatever it is, don’t tell Brandon. He might just leave you behind in the dust from his horse.