Nichols Has Epilepsy However Doesn’t Let It Management His Life
Jordan Nicholas resides proof that it’s now the way you begin life, however the way you grasp it that issues most.
The 16-year-old Cedar Hill Excessive Faculty junior started his life battling what appeared like limitless seizures each day after being recognized with epilepsy. Now, he’s an outstanding welder and is on his approach to competing within the Enterprise Professionals of America nationwide competitors on Could 5-7 in Florida – although the opponents shall be taking part nearly this yr due to COVID-19.
He shall be competing in laptop safety, together with a couple of different open occasions pertaining to the enterprise trade. He certified by putting third in regional and state competitors.
“I do it with my household to information me,” Jordan mentioned. “I’ve nice assist from my fast household and prolonged household. They’ve all helped in elevating me to be me.”
Jordan started having grand mal seizures and atonic “drop” seizures on the age of three.
Some days he’d have as much as 50. A Vagus Nerve Stimulator was put in to assist him overcome the every day battle.
The stimulator was eliminated within the sixth grade, which can also be when he had his final seizure.
“The machine wasn’t working the final time I went in for surgical procedure, and I’d had no seizures
in awhile, in order that they determined to take away it from my chest. I nonetheless have the leads although in my mind as a result of they didn’t need to take the prospect to take away these however the machine in my chest is gone,” he mentioned.
Overcoming Well being Challenges Has Made Jordan Stronger
By means of the entire expertise Jordan mentioned grew stronger emotionally.
“I knew that I needed to work tougher at all the pieces, studying to learn, write, math, speak and
paying consideration,” he mentioned.
“Once you take a look at Jordan now, my coronary heart is overflowed with pleasure and tears of happiness in seeing him blossom into the person he’s changing into right this moment,” mentioned his mom, Jacqueline Fields, a trainer at CHHS. “He had a really tough begin, and oftentimes I didn’t know the place to show or easy methods to assist him. You’re feeling helpless to know you may’t make your baby really feel higher. He would usually inform me ‘Mother, don’t cry, I’m going to be wonderful.’
“After I take a look at this angelic face now, I see the fixed reminders of how a lot he has overcome with the everlasting scars and marks on his face and physique. He has one of the crucial angelic, cute face, and breathtaking smiles I’ve ever seen. He falls and will get again up, has a by no means give up perspective, and for that he’s a giant affect in my life.
“It’s humorous, how one individual can encourage so many individuals round him by simply being a fighter, a winner, a form individual, simply being Jordan.”
Tackling New Challenges
Jordan has discovered that all of us have one life, so if one thing pursuits you, give it a attempt.
For instance, he loves welding, and has earned a TACK welding certificates as a sophomore. He created trophies out of used automobile elements that had been going for use at a campus-sponsored automobile present, however sadly it was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, he needs to attempt a brand new problem.
“I plan on making an attempt out for performing as a result of I wanna attempt one thing new for a change,” he mentioned. “I can even proceed with my plans on welding.
“Welding is my aid and artistic place. I make plenty of issues for my household and tasks at school that I be ok with when folks smile at what I’ve created.”
And although he doesn’t know the place he’s going to attend school or what he’ll main in, he does consider his expertise within the BPA will assist him get there.
“I’m going to try to get a very good scholarship and get into a good college that matches me,” he
mentioned. “It helped me to change into organized, and in addition helped me to satisfy new folks – earlier than COVID hit.”
Grateful For A Supportive Household
Jordan added that he’s “grateful for a terrific dad, mother, and even my older brother,” he mentioned with a chuckle.
His dad, Damon Nicholas, Sr., mentioned he has at all times instructed Jordan, “You’ve epilepsy, however epilepsy doesn’t have you ever or management your life. Attempt to be no matter you need in life possessing a never-give-up perspective. It’s one of many unwritten guidelines that no one is aware of the center of a champion, though you may visibly see the battle scars on his face of what he’s been by way of. We are able to all study so much from Jordan and his confirmed success story.”
And a kind of who has discovered is his huge brother, Damon Nicholas Jr., a senior at Duncanville Excessive Faculty and a Sam Houston State College basketball commit.
“My brother is a human instance of the phrases ‘by no means surrender.’ Jordan was not anticipated to have a traditional life. He’s now 16 years outdated and a profitable welder. He can play sports activities and he’s in common courses,” Damon mentioned. “He conjures up me a lot to work onerous and attempt for greatness, even when the percentages are set in opposition to you as they had been for him. With out Jordan I’d not be the one that I’m right this moment.”