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Tampa Woman with Cerebral Palsy Believes Martial Arts is Helping Her Learn to Walk on Her Own

By Alex Hobson

A Tampa Palms woman born with cerebral palsy is now recovering better than even her doctors could have imagined, and she believes a big part of that is because of a local Taekwondo class.

“My saying is that I control my disability. My disability doesn’t control me,” said Robyn Stawski, showing off her orange belt.

Stawski, 36, was born premature with cerebral palsy. She says she also suffered a traumatic brain injury. For most of her life, she has had to rely heavily on a wheelchair or assisting device to get around.

But over the past few months, she’s breaking new boundaries almost as well as she’s breaking boards.

“Now I can walk short distances without the use of any device whatsoever,” Stawski said.

“When I saw her, I saw her determination. I saw her strength,” said Dr. Kenneth Ngo, the medical director of the brain injury program at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville.

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