About Beyond Adversity

Some people believe life-altering adversity always results in permanent disability or death. Such a belief is wrong! Doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, therapists, spiritual leaders, family members, significant others, friends, neighbors, caregivers, and a variety of other factors affect both survival and recovery. There is plenty of evidence that supports the belief your contributions matter. If you want to make a difference, if you want recovery to be as effective as possible, then Beyond Adversity™ is the right blog for you.

The main goals of this blog are to:

  • Create a safe global community in which people who are affected by life-altering adversity feel comfortable sharing their stories, questions, and compensation strategies.
  • Help people create, customize, and achieve the SMART goals that enable them to journey beyond adversity.

A quick search of the internet will reveal there are many websites and blogs dedicated to the following subjects:

  • Anatomical, medical, or legal descriptions of adversity
  • One person’s experience dealing with a life-altering adversity
  • Sales of products not related to recovery or adversity
  • Scams
  • Referrals to doctors

Many articles in this blog will be written by, or for, survivors of life-altering adversity. However, articles will also be written by their spouses, significant others, parents, children, siblings, friends, neighbors, caregivers, therapists, spiritual leaders, or advocates. You are invited to share your stories, ask questions, and reveal your favorite compensation strategies.

Beyond Adversity™ is a community of learning and sharing. Although inquisitiveness, disagreement, and friendly banter are welcome, there is absolutely no place on this blog, or in this world, for hateful, racist, or discriminatory comments. Harassing, bullying, and offensive comments are not welcome. If you have any question about whether or not a comment might be inappropriate, please do not post the comment. If you see any posts or comments on this blog that are inappropriate, please notify us via the Contact Form under the Contact tab so the inappropriate content can be removed promptly.

The information on this blog is a statement of belief and is not a medical, legal, or financial fact. The founders, employees, contractors, volunteers, investors, donors, sponsors, and advertisers are not, in any way, accountable for the content of articles or  comments written by others and published on this blog. Furthermore, guest authors do not necessarily agree with everything I write or believe, and I do not necessarily agree with everything guest authors write or believe. In addition, neither the guest authors nor I agree with everything said and believed by people who share their comments about a post. We can all agree to disagree without saying horrible things about each other.

About Scott

brain, injury, recovery, hope, motivationPrior to his cancer diagnosis, Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with majors in Economics and Political Science; worked as a manager in metals distribution; saved the lives of lost and injured people as part of a cave/cliff rescue squad; earned a Masters of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Operations; managed projects for one of the world’s largest international consulting firms; and created a management consulting firm that had clients in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Carolina, Arizona, Oregon, Alaska, and California.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott worked, studied, and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

If you or someone you know is facing what seem to be insurmountable hurdles after a life-altering adversity, then this blog is for you. Survivors, caregivers, medical specialists, therapists, religious leaders, and advocates are invited to share their comments, questions, lessons learned, compensation tips and stories. Beyond Adversity™ is your blog!


  1. Scott, I found one of your posts earlier today and have since been going back and reading more. My reading is slow since my ABI and brain surgery, but I am so encouraged and relieved by your posts I don’t want to stop! Thank you for sharing your stories and providing a forum where others can share as well. I look forward to reading more and getting to know others who can relate.
    So very grateful,

    1. Beth,

      My reading is slow too, and my response time is apparently not so good either. There are thousands of people who can relate, but there are millions who believe we fabricate and embellish our symptoms. Some of the posts by, and about, other survivors is very inspirational. Feel free to read as many posts as you would like, and let me know when you are ready to share your own story. ~ Scott

  2. e I suffered a TBI in 96″ due to a car accident in which I was in comma for five months and wheel chair bound for a cou

    1. Yasaman, I am sorry to hear about your experience. I hope you found a good place where you can get the help you need. Thank you for sharing your comment.

  3. Hi S cott! You are an inspiration to me! Can you please add me to your blog. I had a benign brain tumor removed in 2004 and have lost my memory. Kind of like having Altzheimers in reverse. I have improved so much…I feel myself again.

    1. Pam, I will sign you up to receive my weekly newsletter, but I belive it is a two-part approval process that requires you to click a link in your email. Thank you for your interest in the blog. ~ Scott

  4. Thanks for friending me on FB. I read more into where this blog is aiming, and am very inspired. The head injury sites I’m on have not been much help, but I’m not looking for much help anymore. I have struggled, lived a pretty full life, and overcome a lot, so I guess I am just looking to help others in any way I can. I am shocked when I hear what others are going thru, because looking back, on how I got to where I am, I have mostly positive memories, and am fortunate that I don’t suffer from
    1) head aches 2) seizures 3) unkind family/friends. My accident was in 1991. I too have a blog but it is basically just about my personal journey, and I often forget to point out what affects are because of my TBI. At this point, though, it seems as if every part of my life has been touched by my TBI… I could write about it forever.

    1. Lexie, what kind of help would you like to offer others? What choices did you make that worked well, and what choices did you make that could have had better outcomes? Please describe the source of your injury and the path of your recovery so other readers can better understand.

  5. Dear Scott and Team: I know someone who had a traumatic brain injury and now has significant behavior problems. From what I’ve heard, they had some anger issues before the injury but now they’re severe and drive away the very people who would help. I doubt I could even take that level of negativity if I was around them all the time. Are you aware of any resources we could turn to? Thanks.

    1. Janet,

      I may be able to point you in the right direction, but I need a little more information.

      In what area does the person live?
      What was the cause of the injury (fall, collision, head strike, etc.)?
      How long ago did the injury occur?
      Are you the only person who has noticed the significant behavior problems?
      Is the person open to receiving help?
      What type of help do you think would be most beneficial (counseling, support groups, etc.)?

  6. I love what I’ve been reading. I don’t feel so alone anymore. I’ve had two concussions that I was totally knocked out. I also received two skull fractures and having a terrible time with numbers and I started radomly buying stuff trying to make me feel better. My personality is totally different. I can’t get my family to understand that the old Missie they knew for 24 years has died. I’m a different person and it hurts me so much that my husband and kids think I can just go back to being the person I was before. I’m getting ready to leave my family is they soon don’t realize who I am now. There is so much stress in my house because of me which makes my stress and anxiety worse which makes my brain injury worse. Just feeling worse. Wish I could get my family to talk to you for sure.

    1. Missie,

      You are definitely not alone. There are thousands of us online. Best of all, most of us are willing to share our thoughts with other people. The problem with skull fractures as opposed to arm or leg fractures is that nobody sees a cast so they think you are fine. The fact that your personality is different now may be a good thing. Your family and friends may want the previous you. Perhaps, you can explain that with their help you can accept and thrive in your new normmal. If anyone in your family wants to ask questions of another brain injury survivor, I would be happy to talk with them. Many survivors will tell you their relationship with family and friends changed after brain injury. Some people built stronger connections, and some were so overwhelmed their relationships fell apart. I am not a physician, social worker, or marriage counselor, but I would not necessarily walk away.

  7. Hi Scott. My husband is a tbi survivor. He was beaten many times in the head dec 1 2011. We are and have been on a long journey. No one has any idea. Every day there are baby steps.long way to go, he is here working hard and never complains. So much to our story.

    1. Cathy, please let me know if there is any information I can provide. When you are ready to share more of the story, I would be happy to give you a forum through which to speak. I wish you and your husband a successful journey. ~ Scott

  8. Scott, I am so glad that you are still with us and more so that you are able to spread your words of inspiration. Thank you for your posts. There is a lot to learn from them. You have certainly been on a long journey, no one would choose but you have in your own way made certain that your illness would turn into a strength, and that you wouldn’t be bowed down by adversity. Keep being you and sharing your experiences with others.

    Best wishes


    1. Joan,

      It is responses like yours that keep me motivated to share my experiences and anything else that might facilitate the recovery of readers around the world. I appreciate your feedback.

  9. I’d like to congratulate you on your fortitude, desire to strive ahead and your passion for furthering your education.

    I enjoyed reading this post a lot and now I’m going to have to back read everything else 🙂

  10. Scott-you are the only one that i know who has brain cancer and you make my day every time i see you because seeing you and how good you are doing and the goals that you have accomplished. i have the same thing. i have had brain cancer. i missed my daughters first b-day and now i spend as much time with her cause the accident i had before this a car hit me on my motorcycle and the dr told me that it would be very bad to have any kids at all so now my daughter is my angel same with my wife because my wife stayed there with me the whole time in the hospital and took notes more than my mom did. abi has helped me out soooo much cause they are teaching me so much about the real world and how to cognitively be in the real world because i have been out of it for a long time. thank you for meeting me

    1. Brad, birthdays are special but love, compassion, kindness, and understanding are more meaningful. Even if you were at your daughter’s first birthday, chances are fairly good that she would not remember. However, if you treat her with love, compassion, kindness, and understanding, she will always remember. My guess is that when your daughter is older, and you explain why you missed her first birthday she will let you know you made the right choice. Forgive yourself, and appreciate the fact that you have more time to spend with your wife and daughter.

      Always remember that your wife is fighting the battle with you. The brain injury affects her as well as your other family and friends. You are fortunate to have such a loving and committed person by your side. Also keep in mind that some people are concerned, but they don’t know how to respond.

      Your story and your attitude affect more people than you realize. I am glad we met.

      Best wishes,


  11. Scott,

    You have moved beyond your injury as your blog indicates. You are an inspiration for me and others struggling with recovery from BI and want a better life. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.


    1. Carole,

      All a person needs to succeed is a SMART plan, passion, a little skill, support from optimistic friends, and commitment to action. Let me know if you need help implementing any of the steps to success. My hope is that you, too, will receive wonderful comments for something you did.

      Best wishes,

  12. Scott,

    Your website is quite impressive! I am so very proud of the amazing man you have become. You have taken the tragedies in your life and turned them into blessings for others. By you sharing your experiences, I am certain you are a source of encouragement to all of the people who read your blog.

    So very nice talking to you this evening. Please take care and keep in touch…

    Your friend,

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