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How to Overcome and Deal with Adversity

  • The Edney 1100 Market Street, Floor Five Chattanooga, TN 37402 USA (map)

In this class, you will get inspired to live again, get pointers on how to get unstuck and to learn a story of overcoming the odds no matter what you may have been through or are currently going through. Everyone has a story and it’s unique in its own way.

The truth of the matter is that you are not alone and that you are bigger than any circumstance. The story and topics covered will touch your heart and will give you the courage to start over again and live your best life on your terms.

About the teacher:

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Cecil C. Williams III is a native of the scenic city, Chattanooga, Tennessee. On May 9, 2003, Cecil and his cousin were involved in a head-on collision which left his car totaled and left him with a fractured right wrist. However, a year later, a doctor would diagnose him with Cerebellar Ataxia, a disease that would worsen and progress over time. It would weaken his limbs and and motor skills. It crushed his world when he was laid off from his job in 2008 and two years to later to have a permanent physical disability.

As the years went on, Cecil learned to cope with the adversity that buffeted him daily. In 2018, Cecil got a part-time job at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga. The job gave him a sense of purpose and helped to give him his life back. He later on started on a journey that he called "The Adventures of Cecil- 2018." His strong faith in God and curiosity has led him to try new things such as rock climbing, kayaking, sailing, adaptive cycling, adaptive water skiing and many more through SPARC (Sports, Arts, Recreation of Chattanooga, a Chapter of DSUSA) and the Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Services. He's not done yet by far.

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