Step Up and Into the Game of LIfe
May 11, 2016
Hosted by Karen Leavitt
My featured guest is Michael Plansky. He talks openly about a pivotal time in his life. As a first time men's head basketball coach at Salve Regina University, he was readying the team for practice before they were to start the game when he found out his son Max had been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Max was 9 months old, Michael was 5 months into his head coaching career. Standing before a group of fit able-bodied young men, he started his usual practice and warm-up, but this time was different. As he began to tell the team of Max's diagnosis, he began to cry, causing many players to tear up. A few minutes in he told them how they needed a good practice, because Max would never have a chance to have a good practice. Max was an inspiration to the players. We discuss the time when Michael left coaching and Max lost the interaction with the players, withdrew, and his physical condition worsened. This changed in 2013 when Max became a part of Northeastern University basketball team.
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The Sky’s the Limit is a motivating, inspirational program which is based on my journey from medical professional to patient, highlighting people from all walks of life and various stages of overcoming adversity, their challenges and awakening to the rediscovery of themselves, a transformation. I engage with a number of successful life coaches, authors, athletes and everyday people who discuss their journey and process as well as exploring the concepts of Eastern and Western medicine. We are all learning life’s lessons every day and living in the moment, no matter where we are in our journey.
Karen Leavitt is a restorative coach. With her background as an accomplished career nurse, and a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Karen has a unique perspective on how to navigate life-changing events. Utilizing her skills in health and wellness, public speaking, advocacy and teambuilding, she guides others to achieve healthy, balanced, successful lives, regardless of their circumstances.
Karen is happy to be returning to VoiceAmerica after a life changing event resulted in a traumatic brain injury post-concussion syndrome. Now, Karen has a dynamic purpose and passion that is igniting her to guide others. A former successful career nurse, advocate, “natural care giver,” and athlete, Karen brings positivity and resilience grounded in reality through her own journey and experiences. Her mission is to educate, empower and inspire others to live their truth and passion as she engages in heartfelt, meaningful conversations around life’s situations, and circumstances. #thegiftistheshift