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Deep Sea Diving in a Wheelchair

In the following video, Sue Austin, shares her dream with us and explains how she achieved the impossible.

Prior to my surgery, I used to scuba dive a few times per year. Shortly after my surgery, a doctor told me that I would never be able to dive again. I have been swimming (flailing) and snorkeling a few times since the surgery, but I have not attempted to scuba dive. One reason is definitely the doctor’s declaration. Another reason is the fear, perhaps irrational, that water would seep through my surgery scar and flood my brain. Now that I’m thinking about it, I also fear that the atmospheric pressure from scuba diving would crush my skull which is now missing a piece of bone that was removed for the brain surgery. After watching the video, I considered the possibility of diving again. I don’t want to disregard sound medical advice (and I don’t recommend that you do either), but I do not want to ignore realistic opportunities.

I attached a second video in case the previous video inspired you to watch more.


How do you communicate with your family, friends, and the world? How has your journey to recovery changed the way you think about your disabilities and the disabilities of others? Do you think of your compensation tools as benefits or detriments? Are your compensation tools allowing you to move forward or are they holding you back? How do you plan for the impossible? What “impossible” activities are you ready to achieve? After you achieve the impossible, what’s next?

Thanks to Sue Austin, TEDx Women, and YouTube for sharing the video I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; 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.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.