I've decided to chronicle my fitness journey. I have used the birth of my son to scapegoat the fact that I gained 75 pounds during the course of my wife's pregnancy. Now let me preface this article by explaining that I was at one point a lean mean fitness machine. Now I'm more of a big sloppy sack of sand.
It takes an indomitable spirit to conquer abuse, abandonment, incarceration, homelessness, and depression. It takes a bold person to unabashedly communicate those experiences to the world. Ken Brown is just that- resilliant, bold, and a manifestation of the American Dream. His story is one of tragedy, triumph, insurmountable struggle, and imeasurable success. Ken Brown is a remarkably bold man who has overcome unimaginable adversity. The pain from his past has become the platform for his present success. Ken is a world renown, impassioned, award winning speaker. He empowers audiences across the globe with electrifying and emotional speeches that affirm the greatness within us all. To appreciate his purpose, you must first understand his past. Ken Brown was born on the back seat of a cab, then abandoned by his birth mother. Ken was adopted into an abusive family, and was was bulied at school by the students and teachers. One teacher even called Ken "stupid" after he failed the 5th grade and again in the 6th grade. Anxiety and depression led Ken to begin cutting himself as a teenager. After Ken was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in his early 20''s, his life spiraled out of control. He had been in and out of jail, homeless, sleeping in abandoned buildings and on park benches. "I felt emotionally and mentally defeated. I started thinking about killing myself again. I was at rock bottom" At the age of 25 Ken Brown had a nervous breakdown. Ken was hospitalized where he recieved treatment and began the road to recovery. "It took me hitting rock bottom to realize that I was the only person with the strength to lift myself up." With therapy and medication, Ken learned to manage his mental and emotional health. While in the hospital, Ken had time to reflect on his life and surmised "I''ve been through so much and I''m still standing. There''s a purpose in that pain."
As the new year of 2016 begins we have to take a moment to reflect and pay tribute to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing who has passed away at the age of 80 on January, 2nd 2016. Born in Chicago, IL March 18th 1935 daughter of Henry N. Cress (physician) & Ida Mae Griffen (teacher) she was always in an academic background. She went on to obtain her B.S. degree from Antioch College and her M.D. at Howard University in the 1960's in psychiatry.