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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Grandmother’s Inspiration Driven By Grandson & Bret’s Music

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Grandmother’s Inspiration Driven By Grandson & Bret’s Music

I would like to acknowledge my grandson Braelyn. He is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, HIE, and developmental delay; he is blind in his right eye. Bray should have been a normal, healthy child. Because my daughter’s doctor cared more for the dollar instead of a human life; Bray has to suffer everyday. He was born in Owensboro, KY and life flighted to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY. NICU doctors at Kosair Children’s Hospital advised us that he may never breathe on his own but, he is. His doctors have told us that he will never walk or talk. Bray comprehends even though some doctors say that he doesn’t. Bray and I sit at the kitchen table and sing all of the time. He sings in his own little way. You can see the passion in his expressions. We come from a family that has a lot of talent. The Everly Bros. are our cousins, my uncle sings for the New York Metropolitan Opera, and my cousin was the bass player for Brian Setzer. It is no surprise that Bray loves music as well. Your music is our favorite. Mine and Bray’s favorite is “Something To Believe In”. He gives me hope and I believe in him. There are not many resources for Bray here in Owensboro, KY. He gets so excited whenever he hears music. Music is the best therapy. – Cherish

Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by clicking HERE. To the many who have donated, we thank you all very much!

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Bret Michaels’ 1st Ever Interactive Life Rocks Seminar: Life Lessons, Let’s Talk Tickets On Sale Friday Aug. 8th @ 10:00a.m.

Bret Michaels’ 1st Ever Interactive Life Rocks Seminar: Life Lessons, Let’s Talk Tickets On Sale Friday Aug. 8th @ 10:00a.m.

FIRST EVER BRET MICHAELS LIFE ROCKS SEMINAR TO TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 IN ORLANDO FLORIDA

SEPTEMBER 25 BRET PERFORMS AT HARD ROCK HOTELS VELVET SESSIONS IN SUPPORT OF PINKTOBER BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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Tickets for Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Seminar are onsale THIS FRIDAY August 8th at 10:00a.m. and available by clicking http://www.ticketmaster.com/bret-michaelslife-rocks-tour-orlando-florida-09-24-2014/event/22004D04CF8767B5?artistid=1562221&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

It has been said that everyone has a story and sometimes all that is needed is a platform to let their inspirational story be heard. That platform is here as multi-platinum selling artist, global entrepreneur and philanthropist Bret Michaels will hold the first ever Life Rocks Seminar at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida on September 24, 2014.

This ground breaking event will see Bret interacting with those seeking invigoration in their lives in an intimate setting listening to your stories, offering guidance and sharing stories of his own. Michaels who has been there, done that and managed to survive it all created the Life Rocks Seminar named after his Life Rocks Foundation, a recognized 501(c)3 charity which he founded that benefits the needs of causes such as diabetes, pediatric and adult forms of cancer, military/troop support and pet charities.

If you missed the chance to be in attendance for Bret Michaels’ Lifeclass with Oprah Winfrey, be sure to secure your tickets today as space will be limited for this very special event.

If you feel like you have hit a brick wall with obstacles in your life, need inspiration or reinvigoration, have a child or yourself diagnosed with diabetes looking for advice on managing, have a question or concern about a financial decision then this is the place to be. Interact with Bret in person in this intimate setting for advice.

Let’s talk about real issues we all face, Bret included who has overcome numerous obstacles and persevered. Whether it’s an illness, wealth, life, love, passion come hear, talk and learn with Bret about how you can turn adversity into opportunity and your passions into profit.

Stay one night longer and see the musician perform on September 25th at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions which kicks off the properties Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

We hope to see you in beautiful Florida this September for this life changing and enduring event of epic proportions.

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Andrea Overcomes & Becomes Positive Role Model In Health

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Andrea Overcomes & Becomes Positive Role Model In Health

I am telling my story so maybe others will come to know and understand what I did throughout my life. I hope to share why I did I what I did and to help encourage people who may be going through what I went through. I believe you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.

I can remember perfectly the day I began my eating disorder and even today I can’t believe it. Sometimes I feel like it is not real. Now today I want to make a big step and I want to tell my story. I have never told it really!

I remember how I was being hard with myself… I was trying to be perfect, to be good enough for everyone, but I never got it… You always can be thinner, prettier, more clever, smarter, a better daughter and better athlete etc….

My story may seem like a textbook case of bulimia / anorexia, but however it comes across, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through and also the GREATEST blessing of my life….

I don’t really know what made me stick my fingers down my throat but after it happened once, and after feeling the pleasure of control, I couldn’t stop. I made myself sick every day at first, then it became three times a day. I’d purge after every meal I ate, making myself sick after I was done eating. At times the meals were very small as I was restricting my intake while other day I’d binge, often consuming 4000 plus calories in a day.

It turned into an addiction. My legs would begin to shake and I would suddenly feel uneasy and fidgety once I had eaten a bit of food. I would have to make myself sick, whether it be in my own home, in a friend’s house or out in public, I would always find a place to do it. I was discreet, no one knew.

After more than thirteen years, I knew that I had a very serious problem. I had lost a lot of weight, from a healthy 140 to below 115, yet I wanted to be smaller. I would starve myself for as long as I could but then would be so hungry that I would binge on anything I could find, and then make myself sick again. It was like a vicious circle of starving, binging and purging. I knew it wasn’t right but at the same time thought there was nothing wrong with me and that it was a normal thing to do. It was as if I had a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The angel telling me to get help and the devil telling me there was nothing wrong with me and to carry on till I lost more weight. I exercised obsessively, even in my college years, while playing basketball and volleyball (Division 1). In addition to going to basketball and volleyball practice, I was teaching several aerobic classes a day! I was seriously underweight, fragile and very mentally ill. Alongside my eating disorder came depression, hair loss, self hate and lies.

If people did think something was wrong, few probably suspected how bad it was. I doubt anyone actually thought I spent most of the night bingeing and purging, then going to my classes, ball practice and work during the days. Few probably suspected that I purged between classes in undergrad or later as I worked as a Physical Education teacher.

I wasn’t lazy, stupid, greedy, self-centered, or arrogant as some had suggested. I was just struggling with an eating disorder. I was sick. I didn’t know how to eat normally. I didn’t know how to eat without eating a lot. I didn’t know how to stop bingeing and purging without severely restricting. Purging was extremely calming. I liked it. A lot. It wasn’t something I could just stop by myself. I was a exercise science student and college athlete by day, then years later a mother and teacher too but a bulimic all of the time. Music and the words to music made me focus! It seemed to tune out the angel and the devil at times that sat on my shoulder. To me music is everything. Still today I just drive and listen just to clear my head..

Today in my forties I am healthier than I have been at any time in my life. I eat healthy foods in proper proportions and maintain a strong and athletic body through regular CrossFit workouts. I am a certified CrossFit Coach and own CrossFit APx in Cary, NC where I help people to be their personal best. In addition to our general membership of CrossFit athletes I help those with special needs including those who are physically handicapped, have a neuromuscular disease, eating disorders etc. When I open my gym aka box, my goal was to make it the most inclusive gym in the nation. A place where everyone with the will to work hard to achieve their health and fitness goals can and would be accepted unconditionally. I have had the pleasure meeting this man ! We all give to the world in many ways he is fortunate he can through music plus much more.

Andrea Logan

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