who i am
My name is Mihail Veleski, and I am going to take you on an amazing journey that will help you fix your pectus excavatum deformity.
As a coach-in-training, I am passionate about encouraging and supporting people who suffer from this deformity.
Patients believe that it is untreatable without surgery, which is a destructive lie that kills self-esteem and happiness in many young people!
My purpose is to lead you throughout the journey, make you enjoy the beauty of the ride, and reach the desired final goal of fixing pectus excavatum, forever.
Pectus Excavatum Coach
I am a former sufferer from pectus excavatum.
My main purpose is to share my experience on how I repaired this deformity, without a surgery.
How Dealing With The Deformity Started
My pectus excavatum journey started when I typed, "why is there a hole in my chest" in Google. I didn't even know that I was suffering from a deformity called "pectus excavatum."
All I knew was that my chest was indented, making me self-conscious.
To make it worse, my brother made fun of me when he saw what I typed on Google after searching the web browser history.
Back when I have entered puberty, I had a severe case of pectus excavatum. The deformity was worsened by bad posture, weak back and core musculature, and scoliosis.
I felt terrible, mainly because other people had regular body shapes. I hit my lowest point when my ribs started to poke out of my shirt.
My pectus excavatum deformity was becoming visible, even with a shirt on!
I started to become jealous of people with regularly shaped bodies. Not to mention how I felt about those guys with muscular upper bodies, eight pack abs, that just oozed confidence when they walked in a room.
They could take off their shirts with a lot of confidence, knowing that the members of the opposite sex would be instantly attracted to them.
I can Feel Your Pain
I believed pectus excavatum was very uncommon.
I didn't know anyone who suffered from it.
If you suffer from PE, I know exactly how you feel.
I always felt embarrassed about it.
At that time, the only thing that came to my mind was to go to the doctor. I felt overly stressed out. On the internet, I read that pectus excavatum couldn't be repaired without undergoing surgery.
My heart was racing, I had a feeling of sickness with an urge to vomit, and chest pain as soon as I read that. I didn't want to undergo surgery.
At the time, I didn't even know that the pectus excavatum surgery (Nuss procedure) requires one or more metal bars to be inserted behind the breastbone to push it into a normal position.
The Nuss bars are left there sit for three years before they are removed with another surgery.
Imagine how I would feel like knowing this.
I became too nervous and concerned about my health.
After thinking about it for a month, I overcame that fear and went to the doctor.
The Life-Changing Doctor Appointment that Devastated Me
After running a CT scan on my deformed chest, it was calculated that my Haller Index was 3.1. It was considered a mild case that required surgical repair.
The doctor put me in a bigger fear than before. He said that the only way I could correct the deformity was through surgery.
I felt a bigger shock right after he said that. The information that I've read on the internet was spoken directly from the mouth of my doctor. I just realized that this is the truth.
I still feel sick when I think about this devastating moment.
He said that for health companies to cover the costs of my Nuss procedure, my Haller Index needed to be higher than 3.25.
Unfortunately, my HI was 3.1. That meant that if I wanted to undergo surgery, I needed to pay a lot of money.
He mentioned that the price of the Nuss procedure is $40.000, without health insurance.
I was a freshman in high school, living in a family with median household income. At the time, we couldn't afford that amount of money for surgery.
Before saying the third sentence, I hoped the doctor would say something more encouraging.
I was shocked, and in desperate need of hope to beat the fear that wrecked me after the first two sentences.
The next thing he said was that if the Nuss procedure is successful, two steel bars would be inserted in my chest. He said that, in my case, the bars would need to stay underneath my sternum for at least three years!
At the time, I didn't know that the Nuss procedure was this serious. I thought that fixing the deformity with surgery would be quick.
I was utterly wrong.
Nothing Could Take My Love from Basketball Away
The doctor told me that during these three long years, I should limit my physical activities.
He told me that I couldn't participate in contact sports.
There would be an increased chance of bar dislocation. That could lead to heart or lung puncture, causing excessive pain and blood loss, pointing to permanent vital organ damage.
First of all, I couldn't take basketball away from my life for three years. I was playing at a competitive level in the U18 North Macedonia Basketball League.
Basketball was something that gave me meaning for life. I made a lot of friends on the basketball playgrounds. The sport helped me become a better version of myself.
The fact that I should stop playing basketball disturbed me more than the possibility of suffering a life-threatening injury.
Nothing could take my love from basketball away. I wouldn't let a dent in my chest take away my purpose in life.
After expressing my initial thoughts about the surgery and my love for basketball to the doctor, he felt sorry for me.
He shrugged his shoulders and told me that there is another way I can try to fix my deformity.
One Sentence that Changed My Life
The surgeon told me that my PE could also be repaired through physical therapy, vacuum bell therapy, and bracing.
However, he wasn't a huge believer in the effectiveness of this alternative method. He said that this route required a lot of patience and discipline, and still, the results aren't promised.
Right after saying that, there was a long and awkward silence.
It was long enough for me to question my entire existence in this world.
After a not so pleasant trip to the doctor, I was mentally destroyed.
However, there was a spark at the back of my mind about the non-surgical treatment for my deformity. It looked promising enough to me.
The Web Surf that Gave Me Meaning for Life
As soon as I came home, I turned on my computer and typed in "how to fix pectus excavatum without a surgery". I was so hungry for a solution that I wrote this on my keyboard loudly, in less than a second.
After that, a few inspiring blog posts showed up.
The articles weren't anything special. They were just a few hundred-word articles, written on a free publishing platform.
However, I was so hungry for a non-surgical solution for my deformity.
Stumbling upon these articles felt like finding a treasure in the desert.
I clicked on every single result in Google that was relevant to fixing pectus excavatum without surgery.
I've even stumbled a German forum, that had a lot of members discussing the effectiveness of the Eckart Klobe vacuum bell therapy method.
I used to translate every single sentence on Google translate, just to understand their methodologies.
I was amazed by the before and after pictures, some of them shared.
They repaired their deformities, mostly with the help of the vacuum bell device and physical therapy.
After surfing the internet for 5 hours straight, I turned off the computer believing in myself that I will fix the deformity.
Two years after that, I am proud to say that I fully corrected my pectus excavatum, and rib flare deformity, non-surgically.
I performed everything that the authors of these articles and the members of the forums told me to do.
I even invented a couple of stretching, bodybuilding, and breathing exercises that helped me pull out the sternum and build my overall upper body musculature.
I also followed the workout routines of NBA stars like LeBron James, Chris Paul, and John Wall.
The workout plans they did helped me fall in love with training.
I was motivated by their stories about how they beat the odds. I embraced them as my mentors and was amazed by their stunning work-ethic, discipline, and fearlessness.
After searching and studying everything related to pectus excavatum, I printed out the stories of people who corrected their indented chests non-surgically.
To remain motivated, I re-read their stories over, and over again, every time before I went to bed.
"Good things happen to those people who work hard"
Reason Why I started this Website
I decided to write this book to share my experience, and help people who suffer from pectus excavatum, both physically and psychologically.
Just a few years ago, I was another person that was a victim of the deformity. The deformity bothered me a lot psychologically. The years when my deformity worsened were the darkest years of my life. I suffered from depression and anxiety.
Nowadays, I finally understand that the mental damage it caused is what troubled me the most believe that every single one of you can repair the deformity by following the programs I am about to share later in this book.
If you combine following the proper routine, with a bit of hard work, the results will be astonishing.
Nowadays, my primary purpose in life is to help pectus excavatum sufferers fix the condition non-surgically.
There is a lot of scientific research done on how you can do that. However, there is still a lot of room for scientists to research the power of the non-surgical method.
It is not just me; there are thousands of other people that used similar principles to correct their deformities.
Increasingly, researchers across the globe have taken an interest, researching the power of this method, particularly the vacuum bell treatment. A lot of promising studies are currently underway.
At this point, I am willing to participate in scientific research to help researchers find the most effective solution for non-surgical correction of PE.
I also hope they use this book and the success of many of my clients as a source.
The best is yet to come! Keep on reading this book for a comprehensive guide on how to fix your deformity, once and for all. I hope you use my story as motivation!
I Practice what I Preach
When I was a child, I played a soccer, and had a lot of fun. That was something that kept me in shape. I am saying this to tell you that I am a lifelong exerciser.
Pectus excavatum can happen to anybody, no matter how physically active you were as a kid.
After that, I started playing basketball. I started doing all kinds of workouts. Back then, I wanted to increase my vertical jump.
I was mostly doing plyometrics, sprints, and leg exercises. I wasn't doing any upper body exercises to build muscle and strength in that area.
However, I always felt that pectus excavatum was limiting my physical capabilities in these sports.
My physical shape was always one step behind my competition, no matter how hard I practiced.
I figured out that playing these sports and doing lower body workouts isn't enough to fix my caved-in chest.
However, playing sports from a young age helped me start doing exercises that helped me correct my concave chest.
NBA stars like Lebron James, Kevin Love, and Dwyane Wade were huge fans of these activities.
Just before I was doing my exercises for PE, I always watched their workout videos. That gave me additional motivation to execute my workouts.
That's what pushed me to fix the most common chest wall deformity.
I am a vigorous advocate for making smart lifestyle choices as the primary means for achieving health.
I also believe there is a connection between the physical heart and the spiritual heart. In other words, being good-hearted is heart-healthy.
Don't be discouraged by people who claim that pectus excavatum is not treatable without surgery.