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About Me

Introduction

  • I am a full time career firefighter in the Indianapolis area. I am a devoted husband, loving father and a passionate Beachbody Coach who has dedicated his life to health and fitness.
  • In January of 2009 I underwent a post fossa craniectomy (brain surgery) to relieve pressure in the skull and damage to the cerebellum due to a Arnold Chiari Malformation. Thus began the long road to getting back into shape for duty.
  • P90X and Beachbody changed my life…literally. Originally I had hoped to lose “a few pounds” (20) and get back on duty quickly. Two years later, I’ve lost over 40 lbs and I’m in the best shape I’ve been in 20 years!
  • Michele and I offer FREE coaching through Beachbody. We can help you get the results you want, no matter what your goals. Click here for more info.

What is Chiari?
I’m often asked, “What is a Chiari Malformation”. Here are some answers directly from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Chiari malformation (kee-AHR-ee mal-for-MAY-shun) is a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward. Chiari malformation is uncommon, but improved imaging tests have led to more frequent diagnoses.
  • The adult form, called Chiari malformation type I, develops as the skull and brain are growing. As a result, signs and symptoms may not occur until late childhood or adulthood. The most common pediatric form, called Chiari malformation type II, is present at birth (congenital).
  • Treatment of Chiari malformation depends on the form, severity and associated symptoms. Regular monitoring, medications and surgery are treatment options. In some cases, no treatment is needed
  • Symptoms:

    In Chiari malformation type I, signs and symptoms usually appear during late childhood or adulthood. Chiari II malformation is usually noted by ultrasound during pregnancy or at birth or early infancy. Although these types are less serious than the more rare pediatric forms, types III and IV, signs and symptoms still can be life disrupting.

    Chiari malformation type I
    Headaches, often severe, are the classic symptom of Chiari malformation. They’re typically precipitated with sudden coughing, sneezing or straining. People with Chiari malformation type I can also experience:

  • Neck pain (running down the shoulders at times)
  • Unsteady gait (problems with balance)
  • Poor hand coordination (fine motor skills)
  • Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty swallowing (sometimes accompanied by gagging, choking and vomiting)
  • Vision problems (blurred or double vision)
  • Slurred speech

    Less often, people with Chiari malformation may experience:

  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Poor bladder control
  • Chest pain, in a band-like pattern around the chest
  • Curvature of the spine (scoliosis) related to spinal cord impairment
  • Abnormal breathing — specifically, sleep apnea, characterized by periods of breathing cessation during sleep
  • Information reprinted from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chiari-malformation/DS00839
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Bradley Hall

Life Juicer! at BAM Inc.
Bradley Hall is a husband of 21 years, devoted father, firefighter, Chiari survivor, personal trainer, speaker, writer, health & fitness aficionado, business consultant and an Independent Diamond Beachbody Coach in Indianapolis, IN. He’s dedicated to helping others find direction and purpose so they may live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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