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Brett Colonell: Being Comfortable in Being Uncomfortable

October 19, 2016

In 1997, Brett Colonell sustained a C4-C5 spinal fracture after a motocross accident that left him a complete high quadriplegic with no movement from the neck down. Shortly after his injury, he discovered his passion to become an artist.

An artist is a person that is described as one who creates. “Artist talk about using their whole arm, wrists and fingers for different strokes,” Colonell says, “I don’t have that ability, missing your fingers really makes it tough.” Using a form fitting mouth stick, Colonell uses his neck to create his artwork. “You need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable,” Colonell says.

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One of the key things post injury Colonell says is to be a problem solver, “break large problems down into small problems, and if you have a goal just take it one step at a time.”

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