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Fighting Back with Courage and Determination

None of us are what we used to be. Perhaps, you are heavier, shorter, or slower than you used to be. I am. You might use a cane, walker, or wheelchair. I do. Possibly, you now have trouble speaking, hearing, touching, seeing, or tasting. I do. Perhaps, you no longer drive or ride a bike. I have not driven a vehicle or ridden a bike in more than 13 years. Maybe you are forgetful. There’s no doubt I am.

We can choose to get even, sulk, or proactively change our fate. Getting even may temporarily make you feel great, but when you spend time in court, juvenile hall, or prison, you might regret your decision to get even. Sulking is not productive, and will not change the facts. The best strategy for recovery is to proactively change your fate.

Lizzie Velasquez used the internet and the following video to effectively confront her adversity (bullies). Her approach may not be the approach that works best for you, but it definitely worked for her.


  1. What have you lost?
  2. What are you doing to regain what you lost?


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Thanks to Wendy for sharing the video with me, Lizzie Velasquez for sharing her story, YouTube for enabling us to learn from the story, and all the other people who made it possible for me to include 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.

4 Responses to “Fighting Back with Courage and Determination”

  • Stanley says:

    Just think, you have avoided the stresses of traffic, finding parking, and been chauffeured around for more than ten years. Sounds like the lifestyle of the wealthy to me. I think you kinda won, too. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Scott says:

      Stanley, the truth is that cancer eliminated my need for car insurance, maintenance, repair, gas, and parts. However, I am certainly not the only person in the world who has suffered from adversity and conquered it. The post addresses one other person, Lizzie Velasquez, who has overcome adversity and achieved greatness.

      Thank you for spending the time to read my post and share your comments.

  • Ken says:

    Great info Scott!

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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.