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 pectus excavatum coach, I am passionate about encouraging and supporting people who suffer from this deformity.
What devastates me the most is that sufferers believe the deformity is untreatable without surgery.
That is a destructive lie that kills the self-esteem and happiness of many young people!
My purpose is to lead you throughout this journey, make you enjoy the beauty of the ride, and reach the desired final destination 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 the Journey Started
My pectus excavatum journey started when I typed, “why is there a hole in my chest” in the Google search bar.
I didn’t even know that I was suffering from a deformity called “pectus excavatum.”
All I knew as a 15-year-old freshman in high school, was that my chest was indented, and that made me self-conscious.
To make matters worse, my brother made fun of me when he saw the phrase I looked up on Google, after stumbling upon it in the browsing history of our shared PC.
Back when I entered puberty, I had a terrible case of pectus excavatum. The deformity was worsened by my bad posture, weak back, and core musculature, kyphosis, and scoliosis.
I felt horrible, 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 when I had a shirt on!
I even reached a point where I started to become jealous of people with regular body shapes.
Not to mention how terrible and ashamed I felt when I saw how the popular guys in my school got all the attention from the hot girls I had a crush on, thanks to their muscular upper bodies, and eight pack abs.
They just oozed confidence, especially when they attended the frequent high-school pool parties in the summertime.
I felt ashamed to take off my shirt, assuming that everybody would judge my sunken chest deformity.
This fear affected my social life negatively, making me a very shy kid that had trouble talking to girls.
I reached the bottom when I started blushing every time a pretty looking girl talked to me. I couldn’t live my life like this anymore.
My Life Turning Point
I decided to start an intensive self-improvement journey, hoping that I would change my life for the better.
I finally stopped playing video games and spent my time watching the YouTube videos of Elliott Hulse and Brandon Carter, who introduced me to weightlifting.
I was amazed by their strong physiques and overall mindsets about life.
Their videos introduced me to Owen Cook, Julien Blanc, and Max Tornow, who all had YouTube channels, and were a part of Real Social Dynamics.
They inspired me to become confident in my skin, despite my chest deformity.
Their teachings made me believe I could still attract the girls in my school that I always wanted.
These guys were known for reading a lot of books, with the sole purpose of becoming the strongest version of yourself.
Two of their favorite books were Robert Greene’s 50th Law, and Tony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within. These men and these books changed my life forever.
My Initial Thoughts About PE
I believed pectus excavatum was very uncommon.
I didn’t know anyone else 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.
I felt sharp pain in my chest 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 required to sit there 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 Doctor Appointment Left Me Devastated
After running a CT scan on my deformed chest, it was calculated that my Haller Index was 3.19. It was considered a moderate case.
However, the doctor made me even more afraid than before.
He said that the only way I could correct the deformity was with surgery.
I was shocked.
The information that I had read on the internet was spoken directly from the mouth of my doctor.
I then knew for a fact that it was true.
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 3.19.
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 medium-income household.
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.
The next thing he said was that if the Nuss procedure is successful, two steel bars would be inserted in my chest.
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 for Basketball Away
The doctor told me that during these three 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 extreme pain and blood loss, and permanent vital organ damage.
First of all, I couldn’t take basketball away from my life for three years.
It was something that gave my life meaning.
I made a lot of friends on the basketball playgrounds. The sport helped me become a better version of myself.
The thought of organ rupture didn’t even come to my mind.
I was so in love with basketball that I didn’t consider the possibility of fatal blood loss.
The fact that I would stop playing basketball disturbed me more than the possibility of suffering a life-threatening injury.
Nothing could take my love of 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, alternative way I can try to fix my deformity.
The Sentence That Changed My Life
The surgeon told me that my PE and flared ribs might also be improved 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 weren’t guaranteed.
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.
Web Browsing Session that Gave My Life Meaning
As soon as I came home, I turned on my computer and typed “how to fix pectus excavatum without a surgery” in the Google search bar. I was so hungry for a solution that I typed this in less than a second.
A few inspiring blog posts showed up.
The articles weren’t anything special.
They were just a few-hundred-words long, written on free publishing platforms.
However, I was so hungry for a non-surgical solution for my deformity.
Stumbling upon these articles felt like finding hidden treasure.
I clicked on every single result on Google that was relevant to fixing pectus excavatum without surgery.
I even stumbled upon a German forum, that had a lot of members discussing the effectiveness of the Eckart Klobe vacuum bell therapy method.
I had to use Google Translate for every sentence, just to understand their methodologies.
I was amazed by the before and after pictures shared by members of the forum.
I could see how their chest wall appearance improved, without an ugly red scar across their chests, caused by surgery.
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 my computer believing in myself—that I could fix my deformity.
Three 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.
Throughout the process, 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 developed helped me fall in love with training.
I was motivated by their stories about how they beat the odds.
I embraced them as my idols 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.
The Reason Why I started This Website
I decided to start this website to share my experience and help people who suffer from pectus excavatum both physically and mentally.
Just a few years ago, I was another person that was a victim of the deformity.
This was bothering me psychologically.
The years when my deformity worsened were the darkest years of my life.
I suffered from depression and anxiety.
Nowadays, I understand that the mental stress I experienced troubled me the most.
I live by the motto:
“Good things happen to those people who work hard.”
I believe that every single one of you can repair this deformity by following the programs I am about to share on this website.
If you combine 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.
Researchers across the globe are increasingly convinced by 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 the non-surgical correction of PE.
I also hope they use this website and the success of my clients as a source.
The best is yet to come!
Keep on reading the blogposts on this website for a comprehensive guide on how to fix your deformity, once and for all.
I hope that my story will give you the necessary motivation to complete your journey!
I Practice What I Preach
When I was a child, I played soccer every single day after school 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.
In my teenage years, 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 the chest 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 was a good lead-in for the exercises that helped me correct my concave chest.
In the last four years, I fell in love with bodybuilding, yoga, and Pilates.
NBA stars like Lebron James, Kevin Love, and Dwyane Wade were huge fans of these kinds of exercises.
Right 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 the most.
I am a strong advocate for making smart lifestyle choices as the primary means for achieving good health.
Most importantly, don’t be discouraged by people who claim that pectus excavatum is not treatable without surgery.