WHO I AM
My name is Matt Parsons and I was born with Erb's Palsy / Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) in my left arm. I was a huge baby, almost 11lbs and on my way into this world I got stuck. My left arm was pulled, which then tore the nerves and resulted in my injury. My parents did physiotherapy with me twice a day and I ended up regaining some movement. I'd say that I have around 60% of movement back in my arm, but there are still things that I'm unable to do.
Having said that, I want you to understand that with enough determination and hard work, people with Erb's Palsy can do anything. I was told that I would never be able to catch a ball, but I ended up playing county cricket as a teenager. I was also told that I'd never play a musical instrument. I have been a drummer in a band and I have also learned how to play guitar upside down and recorded several albums as a guitarist and singer / songwriter.
Everyone's journey is different and we all have our own struggles. I decided to build a blog to document my personal journey and hopefully inspire a few people on the way. I document stretches and exercises that I do to help build muscle, flexibility, strength and range of movement. These aren't always exactly how a physio or a doctor may show you, but these work for me. I think that it's important to adapt things to work for you.
I have filmed a documentary about Brachial Plexus Injury / Erbs Palsy called 'Exploring Erb's Palsy'. Series 1 is currently being released weekly. Please click HERE to watch. Each episode features interviews with other people with Erbs Palsy, nerve surgeons, physiotherapists and more. Keep track of the episodes by following the Beating BPI social media.
I hope that some of you enjoy the content and I'd love to hear from you and I look forward to meeting some new friends.
WHAT I DO
I am a teacher, motivational speaker, life & mindfulness coach, blogger, film-maker, musician, artist and author.
I deliver motivational speeches to schools and corporate events. If you would like to book me, please visit my website www.mattparsons.co.uk
Over the last few years I have met and interviewed many people living with Erb's Palsy / Brachial Plexus Injury. I am currently releasing these interviews as individual episodes. Please click HERE to watch.
I am a Design Technology teacher and Head of Year. If you would like some private tutoring, please send me a message.
In 2008 I wrote a short book called 'One Man's Thoughts', which documented my thoughts about life, spirituality and much more. To download a FREE copy, please SUBSCRIBE below and you will receive an email with a link.
MUSIC AND ART
I have a degree in Fine Art and I do pencil portraits in my spare time. I have completed many commissions and sell prints on Etsy. As a musician I have gigged for many years, recorded 2 albums as a solo artist and 2 EPs with my band. For more information, please visit www.mattparsons.co.uk