When life kicks you down it can often feel impossible to pick yourself back up.
The temptation to just stay down and wait for everything to blow over is incredibly strong when you feel you have nothing going well for yourself.
We’ve all had moments like this in our life.
I know looking for the bright side of life when everything around you just seems to be misery and despair is hard, but is quitting really an option?
No, no it’s not.
You may feel like a failure because of a little setback, but you’re only a failure when you give up on the things you believe, and when you give up on yourself.
As long as you fight for what you believe in, what you want, and never give up on yourself or your life, you’ll never be a failure.
Conquering any challenges that stand in your way only builds your confidence, it makes you stronger as a person.
There are a few people in the world who had the option to give up on their dreams when faced with the reality of their condition, health scares, no job, broken down marriage, but instead of giving up they decided to make the best out of a bad situation and refuse to let anything stand in their way.
If we have a goal in life or a dream we so desperately want to achieve, we shouldn’t give up on it.
If you’re down in the dumps and struggling with life at the moment than you need to read this inspiring story.
It’s bound to change your view on life.
Michael Valentin is an 18-year-old, undefeated boxer with a massive secret to tell you.
After winning his latest boxing match, Michael approached the microphone. He didn’t mention his incredible 4-0 winning streak.
Instead, he discussed something much more personal. His speech left the crowd in awe.
In his speech, Michael revealed that he has a condition called Hirschsprung’s disease and that throughout most of his fights, he’s been fighting with a colostomy bag.
He pulled his shorts down to reveal the bag, which sits on the outside of his abdomen and attaches to his intestines.
For those of you who don’t know, Hirschsprung’s disease is a congenital condition that affects the large intestine. This means that sufferers of the disease are often born without nerve cells in the muscles of the colon, which causes a number of problems with passing stool.
To help him pass waste through his body properly, Michael had surgery to put in a colostomy bag in.
During his speech, the boxer also announced that he would be receiving additional surgery on his intestines, which would put him out of the ring for the next eight to nine months so he can recover. But despite the long absence, Michael promised he would be back.
He told the crowd:
“I’m a going to take a break after this fight.
“I know it’s going to hurt me, but, all my life, I dealt with adversity. I always fought with a colostomy bag. And for everybody who thinks I’m lying, look at me right now, I got a colostomy bag.”
He pulled down his shorts and revealed his colostomy bag which was attached to his stomach.
“I’m a f***ing fighter. I fight for anything.
“After this fight, I’ll be going on to surgery. I’ll be out for about eight months, nine months to recover, but I’ll be back.”
But Hirschsprung’s disease is not the only reason someone would have a colostomy bag.
There are many reasons and conditions why someone would have a colostomy back, like Crohn’s disease or intestinal cancer.
During a colostomy procedure, the healthy end of the intestine is separated and attached to an opening in the abdomen. This is called a stoma. Then the bag is attached to collect stools. As weird as it may sound to us, this bag actually allows patients to live completely normal lives.
There are actually a number of famous people who had colostomy bags, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, football player Jerry Kramer, Academy Award-winning actress Loretta Young, and even Napoleon Bonaparte!
Michael has definitely made a big dent in the stigma of colostomy bags, proving you can lead a healthy and active life with one.
He’s proved that his condition hasn’t held him back from becoming a boxing champion. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is looking forward to seeing him again in nine short months for his next fight!
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