About 3 years ago I lost my ability to get up off the ground by myself without some sort of assistance, whether it be other people or something to push off of; this put me in a pretty vulnerable position and it led to a lot of anxiety and stress when I was alone.
In 2019 I was named as a Hoff’s Hero by the Morgan Hoffmann Foundation. I attended the annual celebrity pro-am that year and many of the guests saw that I love to dance. But sometimes I drop it too low and can’t get back up (because of MD). At every wedding I’ve attended there has been a designated “Keegan Picker-Upper” for this exact situation.
When I started on the plans to propose to Sarah, my fiancée, I realized that it wouldn’t be getting down on one knee that would be hard, but the part after: getting back up. After arriving at this realization, I knew that something had to change. So I called Morgan and Chelsea to discuss some options.
We started with some small changes; one was incorporating yoga in my routine. This was pretty easy for me because Sarah is a certified yoga teacher. She and I worked together to develop a flow that worked best for me to adapt to different positions. The second change that I made involved my diet. I cut out dairy (except for Friday Family Pizza Night) and soon started my days with a fruit smoothie. These two minor changes to my diet soon started to pay off; I had more energy, stamina, and just overall felt great.
The yoga however took a little more work.
Our dog Poco was going to play a role in the proposal. He and I started on secret yoga training sessions three times a week. We were working hard and could see improvements in my flexibility and balance. Then one day, it all clicked; one minute I was in child’s pose and the next I was on my feet with no assistance. The amount of joy that ran through me was overwhelming. I quickly Facetimed my sister to show her what I could do.
It’s crazy to think that small changes in my lifestyle could have made such a big impact. I think when people look at where Morgan is now with his diet and lifestyle, they get overwhelmed. Heck, I was overwhelmed. It’s difficult to ask a person to make these changes in their life and routines. But what so many forget is that it’s all been a product of small changes over the last four years.
That is where I am today; starting small and working my way back to a body I feel confident can get the job done. Almost all my doctors have told me that I probably will not be able to get back up off the ground. Well, we proved them wrong. Today I am more confident out in public, more independent, and I know that I can adapt and overcome this disease. I’m happy to report that when Poco and I got done on one knee, Sarah said ‘Yes’ and we got back up together.
Small changes, big impact.