Most of Laura Kotsovos’ life, she’s been told she can’t do things.
She loved ballet as a child but was told she would never be a professional dancer. She was steered away from basketball, softball and every other physical activity she enjoyed. People told Kotsovos her cerebral palsy diagnosis as an infant meant she’d never excel in sports.
For a long time, Kotsovos believed it. That changed when she found Pilates.
“For so long in my life I’ve felt so limited by my body,” Kotsovos said. “It’s not true. I don’t have to believe in those limitations.”
Because of that, the 39-year-old Camas woman decided to leave her career in traditional health care and pursue a career as a Pilates instructor.
“The last thing anyone thought I would do for a living,” she said with a smile.
Kotsovos was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 9 months old.