Marked 4 Glory is operated by me, Mark Desa. It is a resource I created to help others struggling with rare or chronic disease. If this is what you’re looking for, keep reading.

Mark DesaWho is Mark?

I am a martial artist and I have a rare, degenerative disease. I have been on a journey of self-discovery for since around 2014. I feel it’s time for me to share what I’ve learned since then.

I started my martial arts journey around 1991. I began training at Kai Shin Karate. I remember learning many great life lessons while I was there. After college, I ambled around – working out at several facilities. I tried some Jiu Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing and Tai Chi. Eventually, I found my way to Kombat Arts Training Academy. I fell in love with Muay Thai. I currently assist with the Muay Thai classes. And sometimes boxing. I have every intention of returning to my original¬†dojo and pursuing my black belt (I’m currently at brown).

I’ve been weight training off and on since college. I’m no Lou Ferrigno, but I have lots of experience and generally know what I’m doing.

A few years ago, I was displaying some strange symptoms. Headaches, poor balance, slurred speech, stomach pain and depression. I had also developed two hernias. It was recommended that I get an MRI done. I was not prepared for the results.

I was diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia. It is a rare, neurological disease that affects motor function, balance and coordination – walking, talking, swallowing, breathing and more! But through my struggle, I have discovered what’s really important.

A crazy dream was created on the back of a crazy idea. I have this notion that my incurable disease (and perhaps yours too) can be cured with exercise, nutrition and a lot of faith.

My main goal for this site is to share what I’ve learned. I need to let everyone who has a rare or chronic disease know that there is hope. I will do my best to provide great content and build a community around this topic.

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