I am Tazonium, better known as Taz. I was born June 20’th 1975 in Austria, Vienna. After getting sick a few years ago, I found myself at the bottom of a hole, and decided to fight my way out of it, with dramatic lifestyle changes.
The Journey Begins
My journey is a long one, but I will keep it short for now.
My life was forever changed back in 2004. I sustained a repetitive strain injury while working at an automotive assembly company. The pain became chronic, and after some time my doctor had me on a fistful of medications. By 2008, the repetitive injury developed into a full-blown body-wide chronic pain disorder. My health started to fail. My body was a complete wreck. I had severe chronic pain consisting of: joint pain, cramping, tendon pain, and random sharp stabbing pains throughout my body, at any given time. It was always changing. On top of all that, I had devastating fatigue, weakness, poor sleep, heart problems, memory loss, brain fog, high cholesterol, as well as many other ailments. It was never ending.
Live or Die
It got to the point where I could only leave my apartment once a month. I would prepare to go out on certain days to visit friends or to see my family; however, often found that my body simply would not allow for me follow through with my plans. I would try to pretend things weren’t all that bad. My body was giving out on me. It felt like my world was collapsing. Everything was becoming darker. Things had to change.
Without warning, my body decided to totally freak out and, in a way, tell me “That’s enough!” I had a severe reaction to all my medications that I had been taking for 9 years; it felt as if I was having a heart attack, or a massive panic attack every time a took a pill. Things got very bad. I became sensitive to everything! I felt as though I was going to die. I had to quit cold turkey on all medications. My doctor had then prescribed me more. To this I had replied “NO, that’s enough!”
The Battle Begins
This was the point where my true journey began, with the help of my best friend and roommate Kitty, who was always there for me. I started to turn my life around. I made enormous lifestyle changes starting with: quitting smoking, cutting out all processed foods, walking, and finally becoming fully Vegan; I had been transitioning to become fully Vegan for 2 years.
A Warrior Emerges
4 years, a pile of books, countless hours of research, hard work, and 110 lbs less of me, has lead me closer to understanding myself, learning the limits of my body, and becoming a new person. My journey of 4 years has been an incredible one. As I sit here writing this, I look back and think to myself “This all started with a walk.” At one point, I couldn’t even walk around the parking lot.
Now, with the help of the Internet and hundreds of articles, podcasts, and tutorials, I am building a business which consists of: music production, graphic design, motion graphics, 3D modeling, and all the bits that go along with it like marketing, advertising, and social networking. I tend to overwork so I also decided to throw myself into my lifelong love…gaming. Who doesn’t love gaming? Why not thrust myself into the world of streaming my gaming on Twitch -although this doesn’t happen often. It’s more or less my way of forcing myself to have fun. “Enough work dam it! Have fun!” My all-time favorite games are “Black Tiger – by: Capcom, 1987” and “Bubble Bobble – by: Taito, 1986”.
The chronic pain is devastating. It took 3 years of self-talk, daily baby steps, and massive rage at my body to force it into becoming stronger. My relationship with my body is an odd one. I have to force myself out of bed. I do maybe less than 5 hours of normal people work in the 16 hours that I work; I feel that I take more breaks than I actually get work done. Although my chronic pain is as bad as it has always been, I have gotten stronger. It is a very difficult thing to explain. I don’t really feel much pleasure, but I have grown an INSANE amount of passion to learn and grow.
What to expect
You will see more music releases, T-shirts and other products with my designs, game streaming, blog articles and videos on: dealing with chronic pain, Vegan stuff, things I learn in business, tutorials and, maybe you’ll even see an improvement in my grammar 🙂 I’m aware that my grammar is horrible, but hopefully, I’ll have some of you give me a hand with that. I am always open to helpful thoughts on how to improve anything in my life. Feel free to contact me on the connect page.
My long-term goals are to grow a community around art, music, and gaming, and hopefully become successful with my business, and eventually, with all your support, positively impact other’s lives.
So much for keeping things short ha-ha 🙂 Stick around. Join me in my journey of #AllTheThings. Who knows where it will go?!
PS: Keep in mind I am often overly optimistic, so content releases may be sporadic and generally depend on what my body decides to throw at me.
I am choosing to share my story with you, in the hopes to inspire others that are in a similar situation.
This is “Just The Beginning …”