I’m a Speaker, Entertainer, and Author, that has shaped my life goal around making the best out of bad situations. From a dysfunctional childhood through a disabling illness that has left me mostly blind and deaf, I never gave up, and discovered new ways to fuel the passions in life and share them with others. I use my sense of humor and unique view of life to show others that when life isn't what you planned, make new plans.
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Growing up in a fairly large family with modest amenities, Shawn was the middle child and only boy of 6 children. His father worked three jobs to support the family and even with his hard work, they were considered low income. They shared hard times, but also good; family outings, camping, hunting and fishing trips. Outwardly, they were a typical family. Behind closed doors, things were far from typical. Being the only boy, Shawn’s father was abusive toward him, both mentally and physically.
Shawn married at 17 and started a family of his own, with the addition of a son before turning 18, and a daughter at 19. As he grew and conquered his low self-esteem, he earned a black belt in martial arts and was part of the AAU (amateur athletic union—governing body of the Olympics). He started a career in law enforcement, becoming a K9 handler, DARE officer, Drug Recognition Expert. He left police work for comedy, where he purchased several comedy clubs. This lead to learning hypnosis and starting his own hypnotherapy business. Learning from life’s failures and teaching others to learn from theirs, Shawn believes that stumbling blocks are just building blocks for our future. By learning to accept his guilt and shame, he was able to teach others that giving up is not an option and life is worth living.
After being diagnosed with a terminal illness that has severe physical symptoms including loss of vision, loss of hearing, heart problems, muscle failure and lack of dexterity, he realized all of the things that he took for granted in his life; sunsets, stars, fireworks, the songs of birds, the whispers of his grandchildren, their tiny faces looking up at him. He has realized that this new journey in life has a lesson.
Shawn looks at things differently, he appreciates what he still has and the memories he can recall. He has chosen to find new loves to fill the gaps left by the things he has lost, as well as new ways to appreciate the things he still has. Shawn has a new appreciation for life and the “building blocks” he’s collected. All while keeping his sense of humor and passion alive.