James Sutliff developed Dystonia overnight, a rare neurological disorder that affects his speech and use of his hands.
Over the past 12 years of living with this life-changing condition, James has totally rebuilt his life and career. He has gone from working as a plumber to a specialist disability coach, social influence and motivational speaker. James' wife Samantha, joins him on his talks to help him tell his story of determination.
It is James' life purpose to educate and inspire people who also have life-changing conditions. He inspires people to live a life that is abundant in great experience and understand that their limitations are in fact their strengths.
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James Sutliff is a disability coach & personal trainer. At the age of 23, he unexpectedly developed Dystonia, a rare neurological disorder. This causes him to have a very slurred speech and limits the use of his hands.
Having Dystonia was completely life-changing. From going to bed as a fit and healthy 23-year-old to waking up with a life-changing condition. Completely baffled by James' symptoms, it took Doctors four years to make a diagnosis.
Finally, in 2012 James was diagnosed with dystonia. Doctors had no clear idea of what caused it. Seven years later, it was finally confirmed by specialists in the USA, that his Dystonia was most probably caused by repeated head trauma. This was due to having played semiprofessional rugby for most of his life.
Today, James works alongside The Matt Hampson Foundation. They provide advice, support, relief and/or treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability. In particular from participation in or training for any sport, sporting activity or physical education or recreation. It is a truly inspiring place.
Here, James coaches’ people with a range of disabilities from brain trauma, spinal injuries, MS and Cerebral Palsy to name a few.
On the whole, James' clients are newly injured, often with low self-esteem and depression. Having been through what he has, James firmly believes that and being able to relate and support them is quite unique and one of the reasons why he gets such great results.
Alongside working the foundation, I also have my own coaching business, where again he works specifically with people who have disabilities and mental illness.
James genuinely believes that Dystonia was the best thing that could have happened to him. Not only did it lead him to a completely life-changing career, but it also shifted his whole perspective on life. It gave him purpose and passion.
Through his amazing work James has been published in Men’s Fitness magazine, and featured on BBC, ITV This Morning, Uni Lad, LadBible, joe.co.uk. In addition, he has won national awards and has spoken at companies such as HSBC.
However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for James. The journey and experience of navigating and building a whole new life, whilst living with an invisible disability has been deeply profound. He has achieved far beyond his expectations and wants to share my story and what he has learned along the way to as many people as he can.
His Moto in life is that anything is possible, regardless of any perceived limitations. He believes that everything happens for a reason and this is his reason.