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

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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