People Who Inspire

Every so often, an article or story comes out so inspiring, we decided to dedicate a page on our website to share them. Be inspired!

What We Can Learn From The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

Arthur Boerma Gulf War Veteran Turns His Life Around!

Arthur Boerma was a Gulf War veteran who had experienced several knee and back injuries from being a paratrooper in the military. Disabled for 15 years he was told that he would never be able to walk again without assistance. During that time he gained enough weight to be considered morbidly obese making walking even more difficult and dramatically decreasing his ability to exercise.

Fortunately, he found a yoga instructor who worked with him helping him to improve his overall conditioning, lose weight, regain his balance as well as his confidence. I am sure that after watching this video you will be moved as I was. (Click on the image to watch this amazing transformation!)

What Arthur did was to make a monumental change in his life, which I have also been fortunate enough to see with some of my patients. It takes that moment to decide to change and the willpower and the assistance of others to continue.

There are many great yoga studios in the St Louis region that can help you improve your overall health. If you have any questions about getting started please contact me – I would be privileged to help in any way I can.

Melissa Brickey, Graduate Support Director, De La Salle Middle School in St. Louis

melissa1Recently, Lynn deLearie, Development and Communications Officer at De La Salle Middle School in north St Louis, contacted me about a co-worker for People Who Inspire. Lynn wrote: “A woman who inspires me every day is my colleague, Melissa Brickey. Melissa gets up every morning at 4:30 and swims a mile before heading to work. Melissa is responsible for helping all 112 middle school graduates and their families with applying to and affording high school, staying in high school and graduating, applying to and affording college, and achieving college matriculation…And, as if that is not inspiration enough, Melissa accomplishes all of the above, without any complaint, on her one and only leg.”Whew!!!!

At age 22 Melissa had her right leg amputated above the knee following several unsuccessful surgeries to correct a congenital condition. She made a commitment to become more active and over the course of the first year was able to walk one mile – one step at a time. Ten years ago she began to swim to cope with the challenges and frustrations of living in a world not set up for people with disabilities. Melissa stated that in the pool she feels free, capable, and strong and is often the fastest swimmer in the water.

melissabike2A year ago Melissa began to ride a three-wheel bike with the goal of participating this year, at age 40, in her first triathlon (swim, bike, and walk). Melissa’s philosophy is to focus on what she can do and try not to worry about her limitations, which she acknowledges is not always so easy to do.

Melissa is an incredibly capable person with a determination to help others succeed forged by her ability to adapt to and overcome hardship and lead by example. She is – truly inspiring.

Jellyfish and currents cut short Cuba-to-Florida swim by 62-Year Old, Diana Nyad

Fauja Singh, 100-year-old Marathoner, Finishes Race & Earns Spot In Guinness World Records