Justine Luong's Story

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"It's not about being knocked down, but how you continue to get up and bounce back even stronger than your setback"

When I was 9 years old, I had a blood clot in my brain that could have killed me.  That led to a traumatic brain surgery that changed my life forever. 

After the procedure, I was disconnected from my body.  I had to learn a lot of motor skills all over again; I couldn’t feed myself. I couldn’t sit up on my own. And I had to relearn how to walk. Even the doctors told my family and me that relearning all of my motor skills are going to be a challenge.

Through this whole experience, I’ve learned how my physical strength is deeply connected to my inner strength. Not being able to feed myself, and not being able to do things on my own all led me to take more risks and built the courage to really go out of my comfort zone and relearn these everyday movements. As I was getting physically stronger, it increased my confidence and led me to believe that I could achieve what I thought was impossible.

After overcoming the effects of the brain surgery, I never took daily movements for granted. I was grateful to even be walking again, and had the drive to get physically and mentally stronger. It is the strength from within to persevere through life obstacles.  It's not about being knocked down but how you continue to get up and bounce back even stronger than your setback.