Jozef still has the day when his life has literally changed from minute to minute. “I came from work and since my father failed to start the car, I went to push it. The engine started, but I stayed on the road like a scumbag. Suddenly my legs froze and I fell to the ground. I couldn’t stand up, “he says of the event, which completely paralyzed him.
“My father saw it in the rearview mirror. He turned the car around and quickly returned to me, asking what was wrong with me. I said I didn’t feel my feet. He immediately took me to the doctor, who pierced my muscles with a needle – on my thighs and calves. But it didn’t hurt at all, I still didn’t feel anything, “recalls the investigation, which revealed that the situation was serious. The doctor told him plainly that it was bad. He heard it with tears in his eyes, not knowing what future awaited him. “I was a young boy then, my world collapsed,” he said.
Jozef Padych In the bodybuilding of the handicapped, Jozef Padych won championship titles at home and abroad.
He didn’t want to give up
A carousel of examinations followed, taking Joseph’s spinal cord sample at neurology. The analysis showed that he had a tumor there. The head of the Čadčian hospital provided him with Professor Juraj Šteň, who took care of him. “In August 2002, I was operated on in Bratislava for nine hours. After a week, the doctors tried to get me on my feet, but it didn’t work. I still didn’t feel them, “he says, adding that he had to start learning to walk again.
In addition, he was transferred to oncology, where he underwent irradiation. “I haven’t been home all year for treatment. I had a lot of friends before, but suddenly they stopped calling. They disappeared, there weren’t them. At that time, it was confirmed that the family was always the greatest support. My parents, my brother and my sister-in-law held me – I wouldn’t be able to do it without them, “Jozef admits humbly.
Although he beat the cancer after difficult treatment and lengthy rehabilitations, the sensitivity in the legs is still minimal. He will probably never get rid of partial paralysis. However, with the help of barrels, he can cover short distances by pulling his legs behind him. Otherwise he uses a wheelchair.
Previously, a strong young man who made a living working on construction sites put this difficult position out of an active life. “It simply came to my notice then. I have completely different values, I value diametrically different things, “Jozef remarked.
He was said to be very helped by the three-month treatment in Kováčová, where he improved his movement with the help of special tools, and in the evenings he always “wandered” to the gym. “So that I don’t collapse mentally. After all, there were huge pressures at that time. I was wondering what I was going to do and how I would continue to function. Ours were very worried about me, the beginnings were difficult. Especially for the first two years, I couldn’t come to terms with it, “he admits. But he knew he had to fight.
“I did not want to give up, otherwise it would not have gone well. I felt the need to prove something to myself and my parents. I told myself that not everything was lost. My rescue was just exercise, “said Jozef Padych.
It’s all about the head
He had been close to bodybuilding before – he had been involved in it since he was fifteen. During his treatment in Kováčová, however, in addition to his own exercises, he also helped a friend who did not know how to start. She was the impetus to get a coaching license. “Rehabilitation nurses also called me regularly to help them with some patients. They had a lot of them and they also asked me. I focused on their technique, which is very important, “he said.
The young man “struggled” hard, and over time, international success came. He won the titles of European and world champion in bodybuilding for the handicapped. But he had to stop, because competitions and traveling to them are expensive. “I won’t take it from a disability pension,” he said. But the biggest win for him is the fact that exercise has become his life’s mission.
“It really gave me a lot and I would like to inspire others. There are a lot of people who sit at home and drown in their own grief. They regret what is worst for the psyche and the body. It’s all about the head, which also affects the body’s body, “he underlined. He knows that it is not easy, but if he had not confronted his forehead, he might not have gotten out of the wheelchair today. “I would probably remain a lying, or immobile person,” he said.
When a dream comes true
The fact that Jozef, despite his handicap, is still action-packed is also evidenced by his big dream. This should become a reality in the near future. It is a large barrier-free open-air fitness center, where there will be special machines for wheelchairs, changing rooms and sanitary facilities. As healthy people are also welcome, a boxing ring will also be built there.
The whole thing should be placed on a special rubber floor, fenced and monitored by cameras. To protect against rain and snow, they will cover it, but it will still be an outdoor fitness without outer walls. The land with an area of 763 square meters was leased to him by the city for twenty years.
“I was inspired by my friend Andreas Fiala, who so far has the only such gym in the wider area in Prague. There is no such thing in Central Europe, so I want to follow in its footsteps, “he said, noting that in Slovakia there are stairs everywhere in the gyms. “Nothing is barrier-free here. My clients are mostly barbarians or wheelchair users and it is a big problem to get them up. That is why many people are already waiting impatiently for my plan to become a reality, “he says, adding that people from Žilina, Trenčín and Bratislava are asking him about it.
However, the building permit for fencing is still in the approval process. “I’m waiting for project documentation, geodetic focus and pricing of the whole idea. Then we will create a campaign on the donio platform, where people from different parts can support this project, “Padych explained. He believes in the greed of Slovaks and their willingness to contribute to a good cause. “It simply isn’t possible without money,” he added.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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