How we met:
Nicholas is a rollerblader, he’s excited about his goals, and wants to show his kids that he’s not giving up.
I was driving down the street when I saw Nicholas. I pulled over and caught up to him and he was willing to answer my questions. Props to Nicholas for finding something that works for him and his body, for being an example, and for getting after his goals. I was impressed by him and grateful for the time he took with me.
Nicholas is joining my community of Dynamos. These are powerhouse people. These are people making a difference in their lives and consequently setting a huge example for others. Whether or not we recognize it or they recognize it, our stories and work empower other people. That’s what Dynamo is about. Inspiring and empowering each one of us to keep moving forward in our own health journey. This is physical, mental, and spiritual work. This is a journey of mindful and intentional living. Nicholas, you are Dynamo. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
How many years ago did you have open heart surgery?
1993 – So 22 years ago. I was born with a congenital heart defect. They followed me through birth. I was a three sport athlete in high school (wrestling, football, track) and my senior year it worsened and we knew the valve would have to be replaced at some point and it happened in the middle of my senior year. It kinda sucked but it all got done. Recovery only took about a week. Actually after the replacement I became much healthier and stronger than I was before it. My valve was just so inefficient that once it was replaced my heart was then efficient and it was easier. 22 years later, life, kids, about 65-70 lbs……