Motivational Speaker, Ryan Hudson-Peralta, Gets His Hand
“Adversity Introduces You To The Person You Are Destined To Become!”
Motivational speaker, actor, designer and athlete; Ryan Hudson-Peralta is a congenital amputee who has recently received his very own COVVI Hand. A man of many talents, Ryan makes sure to put a positive, and often humorous, spin on life. He spreads this positivity on all his social media platforms and is even writing a book chronicling his life thus far.
He was diagnosed with Congenital Limb Deficiency; which gave him severely shortened arms, no hands, and legs that stopped growing above the knee. This birth defect affects up to 4,500 children in the US every year.
A key memory in his journey, one that defined his path in life from a very early age, was his mother, Kimberly, explaining the doctor’s diagnosis. “When I was born, they told her, ‘Your son’s never going to be able to go to a regular school, or have kids, or get out of a wheelchair, or drive a car. They asked my mom if my parents even wanted to keep me.”
Ryan, now in his 30s, is proving the doubters wrong by thriving in a position where most people would give up. From the get-go, he’s had a great support system within his family, especially his mum. “She told me, ‘They say you can’t do it, but I know you can!” Now a skilled web and graphic designer, with a wife, Carrie, and two healthy children of his own, Myranda and Noah; Ryan continues to validate his mother’s faith in his resolve.
He has improvised ways to perform everyday tasks that most of us take for granted. Not only does he drive his own vehicle, but Ryan also refuses to let his disability keep him from living life to the fullest. He rides jet skis and four-wheeled ATVs, and is excited to get back in the air again after flying a plane for the first time in 2010.
Fulfilling yet another lifelong dream, in 2010, he was offered an acting role opposite Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in the independent movie ‘ADAM’. He cherishes his independence and refuses to let his disability hinder him when achieving his goals. “No matter what happens in life, it could always be worse,” Ryan says. “I’m just doing what everybody else should be doing. My motto is, ‘If you can’t fix it, forget it’ – and I’m not talking about your car, either.”
Alongside writing his book, Ryan is also an aspiring motivational speaker. He travels often, sharing his message of perseverance and self-reliance to audiences worldwide and dedicates his time to meeting and giving advice to others who share the same birth defect.
Ryan has faced many adversities in his lifetime and has learned that the only thing in life stopping you from being who you want to be is you. So, in the words of Ryan himself, “Don’t Be Your Own Speed Bump!”
Ryan has embraced his new COVVI Hand after less than a week of being acquainted; showing his new skills over on Instagram. Here at COVVI, we’re so excited to have such a forward-looking individual on board to help us share the message that COVVI is here to change lives for the better; forever.
You can follow Ryan’s journey on Instagram: www.instagram.com/lookmomnohands