My name is Tony Jacobsen. I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones).
70 Broken Bones.
12 Surgical Procedures.
4 Steel Rods.
1 Unbreakable Spirit!
Watch this 2-minute video to learn more about me and Disable Your Disability.
I was born with Type 1 Osteogenesis Imperfecta (O.I.), a rare bone disorder that makes my bones brittle. Because of this, I spent my childhood in a wheelchair. I walked on crutches from my late teens into my early 20’s. At age 24, I took my first unassisted steps. From that point on, I was inactive because I was trying my best to ‘be careful’ and not break any bones.
Due to my physical inactivity, I was neglecting my health and damaging my body. I didn’t exercise and my eating habits were inconsistent. That’s not good for anyone, let alone someone with brittle bones.
At age 42, I was in the worst shape of my life. I weighed 170 lbs. I was taking antacid medicine every day. I had no strength in my legs and couldn’t make it up a flight of stairs without getting winded and having to hold the rail. To top it off, I had an EKG and the results showed that I may have had a minor heart attack.
Something had to change.
I chose to break barriers, not bones, and through releasing the mental and emotional baggage that kept me from being physical for so many years, I pushed myself harder than ever. I put everything I had into becoming a new man and within 8 months, I accomplished physical feats I was told I’d never experience. I lost 40 lbs., JUMPED onto a 16″ ploy-box, and RAN in my first 5K! Yes, you read that right, JUMPED and RAN!
Through my journey, I was inspired to become a Personal Trainer. I’m now a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and I’m working with clients both in-person and through my Online Training Programs.
Here’s a couple “Transformation” Pictures:
How It All Started
The idea for Disable My Disability came to me after I started my physical transformation during the Summer of 2013.
It started as a BLOG, and I as I shared my experiences and started interacting with more people with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and other types of physical limitations, I realized that it’s more than a Blog.
It’s a MOVEMENT!
It’s not only about bringing awareness of O.I. to the masses, but most importantly, it’s about empowering and encouraging others with O.I. (or other disabilities) to embrace healthy living through proper fitness, mindful nutrition, and a positive, proactive mental outlook on life!
In my brand new book, “Disable Your Disability: Live The Healthy Life You Deserve!”, I share my story and provide new concepts with sure-fire methods to taking action toward living a healthy lifestyle. YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK HERE!