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The Inspiring Story of BBoy Steelo

When I first began to dance about eight years ago, I used to watch a lot of videos. Being from a small town in Canada, it was one of the only ways that I could learn.

Steelo was one of the bboys that truly inspired me back then. His style was amazing, and he battled like a monster. Plus, he looked kinda tall. This gave me hope that I could be awesome despite being tall and lanky (for a bboy)! I’m serious, I wanted to be like him.

About a year ago, bboy Steelo suffered an aneurysm. Here is his story:

Absolutely inspiring!

I started dancing during the first year of my neuroscience degree. After that, I went to physical therapy school, and I’ve been working ever since. Through all of this, I’ve continued to dance – in fact, my interest in movement stems from dancing, and has guided my career ever since.

Currently, I work in the rehabilitation department of a local hospital. As a physical therapist, I get to help people exactly like Steelo every day. Most people think of physical therapy in terms of what happens at private clinics – treating sports injuries and such. But what I love about my job is what you saw in the video above. Watching it has reminded me of this.

Thank you, Steelo. Thank you for inspiring me back then, and continuing to inspire me now.

Aneurysm Awareness –
What it is, Risk Factors, Signs & Symptoms

Image from the National Institutes of Health website.

An aneurysm is a small, balloon like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. These can occur in many parts of the body – commonly the brain.

If they rupture, it can cause bleeding into the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). There are many causes of stroke. To learn more, go here.

Their presence can be hereditary or caused by disease. Sometimes, it’s completely unknown (idiopathic).

Risk factors:

  • Family History of Aneurysm or Stroke.
  • Smoking.
  • High Blood Pressure.
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of arteries due to plaque).
  • Diseases that inflame the blood vessels (vasculitis).
  • Certain genetic conditions – like Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Turner syndrome.
  • Trauma – like a car accident.


Prevention includes screening (if you have a family history) for genetic conditions and risk factors, eating healthy, not smoking, and exercising regularly. Understand that while this lowers risk substantially, it doesn’t prevent them completely (some are genetic).

Signs & Symptoms:

Early detection can save lives and lead to better outcomes. If you recognize these signs and/or symptoms in someone, get them medical attention:

  • Sudden, intense headache.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Fatigue, drowsiness, or confusion.
  • Occasionally, stiff neck.

When an aneurysm ruptures, signs and symptoms can resemble stroke:

  • Sudden weakness or uncoordinated movements on one side of the body.
    This can look like trouble walking, or drooping of one side of the face.
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech.
  • Vision problems.
  • Sudden headache
  • Sudden dizziness.

Here's a great picture from http://www.strokestrategy.ab.ca:

If you suspect an aneurysm or stroke, call 911.


National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: Aneurysm
Wikipedia: Aneurysm

Cerebral (brain) Aneurysm:
NINDS: Cerebral Aneurysm
Wikipedia: Cerebral Aneurysm

NINDS: Know the signs. Act in time.
NINDS: Stroke Information
Pubmed Health: Stroke
Wikipedia: Stroke

Again, I would like to thank Steelo for his continuing inspiration in my life as a bboy, as well as my career as a physical therapist. I wish him the best and hope to see him ripping up the floor again soon.

You too can support Steelo through his recovery by donating here: www.steelo444.com

You can follow him and his journey on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Steelo444

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    6 Responses to The Inspiring Story of BBoy Steelo

    1. Patrick says:

      Many times when I read about different diseases I get a little scared it could happen to me. Steelo’s story is very impressive. Although it seems that there is little you can do to prevent what happened to him. As you mentioned in the article, staying healthy and working out consistently seems to be the best way to prevent it…

      This shocks me a bit because I sometimes get severe migraines, I start seeing shiny dots illuminated inside of my eyes and dislike any kind of light source. One of the more severe ones ruptured the veins inside my right eye(I had a migraine on the right side). I usually press on the spot it hits on my head to try and release the pain. After a migraine has passed when I tilt my head forward I feel some kind of pain. Especially if I do handstands I can feel something at the exact location where the migraine was at.

      My last migraine was around 1 and a half month ago and before that it was around 6 months ago. I thought they were trigerred by something I ate with a bit of attention to my diet I thought it might be intolerance to some nuts, but it’s hard to justify since it seems that the digestive system takes a while to respond to anything it dislikes and so a migraine could have been caused by something I ate 48hours ago. I usually become dysfunctional and simply lie on the bed until it passes.

      I should probably go see a specialist or at least a doctor to make light of my case, I haven’t really considered taking an appointment because I can live with it, but if it is a sign of something much worse then I better not fool around.

      Sorry for the long-ass comment.

      • Tony Ingram says:

        Your long comment was good one Patrick! You raise a good point: being concerned over particular symptoms. If you have severe migraines from time to time, it might be a good idea to at least get worked up by a specialist to rule out anything potentially dangerous, but usually migraines are a common pain syndrome that do not necessarily indicate a predisposition to any sort of disease (at least not that I am aware of – I’m no migraine expert).

        You’re right, there isn’t a whole lot you can do about what happened to Steelo. His case was likely genetic or something. However, with a genetic predisposition, other risk factors can potentiate your chances of disease by a lot.

        Minimizing risk factors is the name of the game, and a healthy diet, regular exercise, and minimizing stress is pretty much all you need. Plus, don’t smoke, drink too much alcohol, or do any crazy drugs. None of this should be surprising to anyone, and it’s pretty simple really.

        • Patrick says:

          Thanks for the insight Tony, keep up the good work!

          Btw, I haven’t finished reading up all those great article of yours, but if you haven’t checked it out yet I think muscle memory is a very interesting subject. I’ve done over a thousand handstands before I could do them perfectly, I think eventually the muscles do respond to a sort of “deja-vu” .

          • Tony Ingram says:

            Thanks for the compliments Patrick!
            That’s funny, I did write about that topic here: Skill is in your brain. It’s true, when you practice something enough, the memory is stored in the brain, and becomes almost automatic. It’s also how you can make bad habits too, so being aware of the effects of repeating things is important to think about when your working on a skillful activity.

    2. Bboy Allhigh says:

      inspirational. Nothing will stop a bboy from dancing truly. also your not the only lanky bboy out there, I’m 6’4″ 200 and have been going strong for over 5 years now.

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