Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Gaming Paves the Road to Recovery

Acts of God, acts of war, acts of terror, accidents, carelessness, environment, lack of resources, and randomness may adversely affect the way a survivor thinks, acts, or moves. In many cases, the survivor is not the only person affected by an event. Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, social workers, doctors, nurses, and strangers may be indirectly affected by the event as well. The goal of this blog is not to question why bad things happen to good people, or to describe the anatomy of an injury, but to help survivors of injury overcome adversity and enjoy life.

In the following video, Jacob Wacker reveals how he is able to enjoy life even though a swimming accident turned him into a quadriplegic. I am not suggesting that the strategy used by Wacker is the ideal solution for everybody or every type of adversity. My intent is to simply show that adversity is an obstacle rather than an end point.


What helps you overcome adversity? How can others benefit by your experience? What can you do to help others enjoy life after adversity?

Thanks to survivor Jacob Wacker, reporter Amy Frazier Koin, news anchor Geff Gianola, KOIN 6 News, YouTube, and the numerous other people who made it possible for me to share 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.