Overcoming Adversity: JC Colyer’s Journey with Cerebellar Ataxia

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JC Colyer’s life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with Cerebellar Ataxia in 2007, transforming what he once considered normal clumsiness into a debilitating condition.  Despite the challenges, JC’s resilience and determination have been unwavering, propelling him to become an advocate for people with disabilities.

Following his diagnosis, JC faced the daunting reality of a chronic and progressive condition with no cure in sight.  

However, instead of succumbing to despair, he embraced his new reality with tenacity and courage.  Even in the face of dire predictions, JC refused to accept defeat, defying expectations and continuing to live life on his own terms.

JC’s journey took another unexpected turn when he found himself during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.  The aftermath of the storm tested his resolve and resilience, forcing him to confront the challenges of rebuilding his life amidst adversity.  Despite losing most of his belongings and facing PTSD, JC emerged from the experience with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

Driven by his desire to advocate for people with disabilities, JC turned to the internet to connect with support groups and share his experiences.  Through his advocacy work, he strives to amplify the voices of those living with disabilities, emphasizing the importance of recognizing individuals beyond their disabilities.

Amidst his struggles,

JC found solace and purpose in community support initiatives like The Peoples Pantry and JBJ Soul Kitchen, where he not only receives assistance but also volunteers his time. These spaces have become more than just sources of food; they have become pillars of support and purpose in JC’s life.

JC’s journey serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of advocacy and community support.  Despite facing immense challenges, he continues to inspire others with his unwavering determination and commitment to living life to the fullest, proving that disability does not define a person’s potential or worth.

We would like to thank John and Ataxia and me, for sharing this inspirational story with us.  Please share your thoughts and/or comments on this or any other article.  And if you would like to get involved and share your experience with Ataxia, please get in contact with us and join our community today.  A place where we empower you to build a healthy lifestyle and raise overdue Ataxia Awareness.  Experience transformative storytelling and share your story to inspire positive change.


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