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Mr. John Corbin

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"Life's a Journey"

Mahatma Ghandi once said, "Adversity is the mother of progress." Personally, I define my life by the challenges I encounter and (hopefully) surmount. To this end, I have recently partnered with the American Stroke Association in an effort to birth a positive societal impact from a particularly trying adversity I faced a few years back.

My Goal...Pittsburgh to DC...

My goal is to bike 355 miles from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC with little more than a sleeping bag and a tent. I am doing this with the goal of furthering the American Stroke Association's mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Let me tell you why I've chosen this particularly daunting challenge...

Everyone Has a Unique Story - This is Mine -

At the age of twenty three, when athanasia was a falsely regarded entitlement simultaneously taken for granted, I was brutally assaulted and robbed in a parking lot by four individuals. Until then, I had possessed the youthful feeling of invincibility because I lived a healthy lifestyle and was near the pinnacle of physical shape. However, the residual injuries I suffered from this violent criminal act lead to my suffering an intra-cerebral hemorrhagic stroke in the deep recesses of my brain's left hemisphere.

While I was grouped within a statistic encompassing the highest mortality rate of all strokes, I was extremely lucky to stave off death or living the remaining years of my life in a permanent vegetative state. However, in a matter of sixty minutes, I had transitioned from being a highly adept athlete to having the entire right side of my body completely paralyzed. 

As I lay in the ICU shortly after the incident, I was visited by two doctors who relayed information that shook me to my core: I would probably never be able to live an active lifestyle again and I should seriously reconsider my decision to become a lawyer as law school would be twice as difficult for me than the average student and also require four times the effort to graduate. I should note that believe that character is built not by what happens to you but how you react to your circumstances. I have always been adamant that the only person permitted to define my life's limits is myself. It shouldn't come as a surprise that I refused to accept the doctors' diagnosis. I was too young to have my life limited.

Since that day I have continuously strived to push the limits of the expectations I set for myself - even in the face of new hurdles. Example: A few days after suffering my stroke, I was also shockingly diagnosed with an unrelated, anomalous left coronary artery in my heart (a.k.a. a ticking time bomb in my chest waiting to explode when I pushed my heart above my tolerable threshold for physical exertion....apparently I was very lucky I hadn't dropped dead years earlier). This news further limited my future prospects of a full recovery and desire to continue living an active lifestyle.

Through hard work, intense focus, and sheer stubbornness (thanks "Ma") I have been able to regain over eighty percent of the muscular and neurologic functioning on the right side of my body. Only ten months after my debilitating stroke, I creatively incorporated my intense intellectual curiosity and love of adventure into my physical and occupational rehabilitation routine by fulfilling an eleven year dream of backpacking through Europe. Having to walk upwards of seven miles a day through Europe does wonders to your gait when you only learned how to re-tie your shoes a few months earlier.

On an intellectual level, I have since graduated from one of the top law schools in the country with Honors and the distinction of a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. I have had the pleasure of working as an Assistant Attorney General for New York State and the privilege to work at one of the top ten ranked litigation boutique law firms in our great nation. Most recently, I have successfully challenged myself to complete my first Sprint Triathlon (thanks Team Z!)- an unlikely long-term goal I conjured up on that day in the ICU.

Help us work to fight stroke!

I'm hoping this new challenge will not only challenge me in novel ways (over a seven day period, nonetheless) but also help spread word of my story and the notion that stroke is a real health threat to our society irrespective of one's age or current state of health.

The American Stroke Association has made progress through awareness efforts in educating men and women everywhere about their risk for stroke, but they still have far to go. The money we raise will help to continue making critical progress in the area of research and science and there are so many discoveries still yet to be made. But we need your help!

Please donate to the American Stroke Association to help fight today. Who knows, you may help save the life of a loved one or friend. Feel free to pass this along to any friends, colleagues, or family who may be interested in furthering the cause of stroke awareness, prevention, and research.

Lastly, I will be creating a blog to further detail my journey with recovery from stroke and biking from Pittsburg to Washington, the blog will be live at:

http://johncorbin22.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/this-should-be-interesting-5/

 

 

With my Biggest Supporter at my First Triathlon
With my Biggest Supporter at my First Triathlon

 

Graduating from Law School
Graduating from Law School

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