Kerri Knudson, born with arthrogryposis, is a disability influencer (Get A Grip Sis) who in her own words “spreads awareness and love to all abilities.”
About a year ago, Kerri decided to start living a healthier lifestyle and kick started her journey off by having weight loss surgery. Read more about her journey in her interview with AbleThrive below.
Tell me a little about your story (disability, background, etc.)
I was born with a muscle disorder called arthrogryposis. I have had 16 surgeries without any pain medication. I had to learn at a young age the power of my mind in healing.
When and why did you begin your fitness journey?
A few years ago I started really feeling like my physical health was affecting my ability to be a mom and have the energy to be present in my daughter's life.
What has been your process of living a healthier lifestyle?
I decided a year and a half ago to have weight loss surgery. I am now able to use that tool to focus heavily on proper diet and exercise.
What advice do you have for others that want to begin living a healthier lifestyle?
I think the most important part is to start. So often we say, I'll start Monday. I'll start next week. Start now. Focus now. Treat your body with love and respect. You can only become happier by becoming healthier.
How do you define self confidence?
Self confidence is the ability to love yourself and do right by yourself regardless of what the world around you says.
What made you want to become a motivational speaker?
I started speaking and realizing that I could help people by sharing my story. I feel like it's my life's greatest calling to do what I can to help people in their own story by sharing mine.
What does it mean to live life to the fullest?
Someday isn't coming. We only have today. Do what you want to do. Love the people you want to love. Be present.
Thanks Kerri for sharing your story with us!
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