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Chad Hymas Video Inspires “Operation Rise & Shine”

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Gaining Strength from a “Roll Model,” Chad Hymas

by Greg Smith

Getting in and out of bed is something most people take for granted. Due to muscular dystrophy, I have slowly been losing the ability to do this independently. I’m not prepared to live with the lifestyle restrictions caused by the rigid scheduling of assistants to get me in bed. So I’ve established “Operation Rise and Shine: One Man’s Quest to Go to Bed and Get Up Whenever!”

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Inspirational Speaker Chad Hymas

“Operation Rise and Shine” is constantly fueled by the inner strength, determination, and relentlessness that is built into my psyche. But finding even more motivation to persevere is something I always strive to do. I was extremely inspired by a video posted by my National Speakers Association colleague Chad Hymas. As C-4 quadriplegic, Chad travels the world alone as an inspirational speaker and gets undressed and dressed daily by himself. It took him 2 1/2 years to learn the entire process. In this video, he shares his process and reveals the potential of focused, relentless determination.

If you watch the whole video, please go ahead and admit it in the “comments” section below.  Were you inspired?

My “Operation Rise & Shine” has taken major strides forward over the past few days. Saturday, a new mattress was delivered to the house. This mattress is firm enough to support my body without my weight pushing me down into a hole. This allows me to much more easily turn from side to side. Adding silk sheets makes the process a lot easier too. In addition, the new mattress is about 3 inches lower to the ground than the previous one which makes transferring easier.

The next phase of the Operation is to make the process easier. Now, I am able to make the transfer from bed to wheelchair and vice versa, but is it is extremely difficult. I will be working with my occupational therapist, Danielle Johnson, to come up with little tricks that eliminate the grueling maneuvers. I look forward to sharing our progress as we try to shave the time for transfers down from 20 minutes to under one minute.

Stay tuned for more updates and video proof of the success of “Operation Rise & Shine.”  And a special ‘thank you’ to my speaker colleague, Chad Hymas.

 

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2 thoughts on “Chad Hymas Video Inspires “Operation Rise & Shine”

  1. Denise, what is inspiring to me is not the fact that Chad can get himself dressed and undressed every day. What is inspiring is his determination We all have our choice when it comes to the focus of our time and energy. Many years ago, I decided to stop attempting to get myself dressed every day and focus my limited energy on the activities of the day after giving dressed. For me, however, losing the ability to get in and out of bed has caused such a devastating impact on my life that I will employ “Chad-like” determination to regain and maintain that freedom. Thank you so much for commenting!

  2. While I admire his and your determination to complete a task, I can’t honestly say I find it inspiring. I fought for many years to maintain my own ability to get in and out of bed without assistance. For me it came down to energy conservation and time management. I get a finite number of hours per day. Do I want to waste 3 of them getting up and ready on my own or do I want to complete the process in an hour and have time to do what really matters? I chose time. You have the right to chose as you see fit, as does he. The fact he chooses to take the time to do it without assistance doesn’t inspire me though. I know others who do the same.