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  • #21043

    Andrew Swann
    Participant
    @swanna83

    G’day all,

    I’ve been a fan of the Warrior U podcast since its inception and I’m happy to finally be a member of this community.

    I’ve joined to improve myself and my life by having knowledge bombs dropped on my brain. I’m 35 years old and have been a musician virtually my whole life as well as doing various jobs including Aust. Post, QUT I.T. Helpdesk and Guitar Teaching. After years in these roles my body had become full of muscular imbalances and riddled with niggling injuries leading me to embark on a “body-mind rehab” journey over the last two years. I still have a long way to go but 2019 is going to be a good year.

    Although I am not looking to join the ADF at this time in my life I want to improve myself to become a better person for myself and my community.

    Cheers,

    Andrew
    (Brisbane Northside)

    #21054

    Matt Wilson
    Participant
    @Whiskey Mike

    Andrew, I am new to Warrior U – so here is my belated welcome. It is timely that you have started to listen to those niggles in your mid-30s because believe me, if left unchecked, they can become major niggles in your mid-50s. So as you rightly pointed out, now is a great time to continue that mind and body journey you are on with a renewed focus and purpose.

    I look forward to being a witness to your successes, failures and more success over the coming year.

    Feel free to reach out if you want to bounce any personal development ideas off me.

    Life is good in 2019.

    Matt

    #21058

    Andrew Swann
    Participant
    @swanna83

    Hi Matt,

    Pleased to make your acquaintance and welcome to Warrior U.

    I appreciate your thoughtful words and it’s nice to know that I’m getting on top of it at a crucial time. I’m humbled by every workout I do and I feel myself building resilience and consistency everyday. Sometimes the niggles get in the way of certain movements but I just adapt it to a movement that I can do without causing more pain or injury. Luckily my partner is an ex-personal trainer and exercise therapist of some years and her experience is invaluable to me; especially when I’m seeking an appropriate modification to an exercise!

    Great to have you and your experience in the community and thanks again for reaching out.

    Wishing you all the best in 2019 and beyond.

    Andrew

    #21060

    Bram Connolly
    Keymaster
    @bram

    Welcome Andrew! Great to have you on board mate.

    #21077

    Tim Wedesweiler
    Participant
    @Tango Charlie

    Hi Andrew,

    Great to have you amoungst the fold……As part of WarriorU, you are in the company of some of the greatest individuals i had the pleasure to serve and learn from that have a wealth of knowledge.

    I would like to reach out to you personally, as i am also set on a ‘Body-Mind reset) this year. 2018, i consider a bang up year for me. i was in a serious vehicle accident that left me with 2 skull fractures that damaged the optical nerves down my neck that see me with continual vision issues, a neck brace for the first 9 weeks, 9 broken ribs, a punctured lung and serious soft tissue damage to my right ankle. I also suffered a concussion, that is now being ruled a Traumatic Brain Injury. Now having said all that, which when i type it all out, sound really bad. It isn’t. I am slowly recovering and would like to share some of the activities i have utilised from the initial day i was released from the hospital to now during my recover. Nothing to strenuous, but great for sorting out niggling injuries.

    I am stronger both mentally and physically then i think i was when serving at 2 Commando.

    Let me know if you are interested.

    “maintain the Rage”

    Tim

    #21081

    Andrew Swann
    Participant
    @swanna83

    Hi Tim,

    It’s great to touch base with you in this space. Honestly, I was quite moved by your introduction and happy that you’d reach out. And yeah, if the activities you’ve utilised since your release from hospital are for sorting out your body’s niggles then I am definitely keen to get your input!

    Six years ago I went to my mum’s on one of my weekly visits at the time and she broke it to me that she had an egg sized tumor in her right lung which was identified as malignant (stage 2 cancer) – a bit of a shock considering she never smoked, drank or mixed in circles where that was the norm. She had two-thirds of her right lung removed and 15 treatments of chemo and was given the clear, until 15 months later the cancer had returned. Since then she has been fighting it and my partner and I moved close to her to assist. She’s still in the fight and has recently stopped the second lot of chemo, of which she’s had more than 60 over a four year period but she’s at the point where it either gets better or doesn’t.

    I’m not trying to bleed my heart out here… the reason I’m telling you is that my story in the last four years is hugely tied to Mum’s journey and I feel it’s made me stronger. It’s made me take a look at my health and consider it more holistically and I feel that with your experience I can relate. My mental health was already not great before Mum’s stuff came up. I felt very behind the eight-ball with regards to mental health and mindset and to be honest the reason I’m here at Warrior U is to double-down on my resolve and be better no matter what the future holds for me and my family.

    I’ve found that one of the single greatest dents to my mental health comes when I am unable to use my body due to being injured/restricted. I’m determined to overcome these niggles in my body and welcome any and all advice from you! I’m sure I have a lot to learn.

    Thanks again Tim. I look forward to connecting with you.

    Andrew

    #21083

    Tim Wedesweiler
    Participant
    @Tango Charlie

    Andrew,

    just wondering if my PM got to you????

    Tim

    #21084

    Andrew Swann
    Participant
    @swanna83

    Hey Tim,

    Yeah it did come through. I got the notification in my email and I logged in yesterday to take down notes on all the good info you gave me! It’s quite comprehensive and while I was with Mum yesterday I spent time researching the exercise movements and even found time to go get some exercise bands and get to it. I have to say I can already feel how effective the routines are and movements are perfect for my imbalances.

    Sorry for not letting you know right away mate – my attention was being pulled this way and that so I put off replying until now.

    Andrew

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