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?


Click here to read another Beyond Adversity post.

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.


  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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