Overcoming Adversity with Cards


2014-0409 CardThe inspiration for this post is Richard Turner who identifies himself as a card mechanic who cannot see. Although many people consider their adversity to be a tragic loss from which there is no escape, Turner shows the world it is possible overcome adversity and achieve success.

“No matter what hand you are dealt, let no one tell you what can’t be done.” ~ Richard Turner



Call to Action

If you face criticism or self-doubt due to an adversity, share your story in the comment box below this post.


Thanks to Norm for sharing the story with me; Richard Turner for sharing his story with the world; CBS Producer David Rubin for recognizing the need to share Turner’s story; CBS Reporter Manuel Bojorquez for interviewing Turner; CBS This Morning for sharing Turner’s story with millions of people; YouTube for hosting the video I used in this post; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to use the picture, text, and video I included in this post.


  1. When my GP told me I had a brain tumor, I was still angry at me deceased brother. He had succumbed to the terrible effects of glioblastoma IV just 4 years earlier. I was angry because when he was first diagnosed he chose no treatment over all the other options he had. In my mind, he gave up. It was 6 months later that he passed on, leaving a legacy of hundreds of friends, family, and co-workers grieving and me devastated.
    My brain tumor was nothing like his. Mine a calcified skull based benign meningioma looked easy in comparison. Little did I know at the time it was slowly shredding away the duramater covering my brain. My mindset however was, get it out and do everything I need to do to recover quickly and get back to work. My anger at what I felt like my brothers “passive” behavior, drove me. Thank God it did! I now prayerfully ask his forgiveness for my 4 years of anger and am thankful for it at the same time. I now have come to grips with his choice and his decision. He had been in so much pain for many years of which only a very few were privy to (he hid that part from me) and his doctors actually gave him no hope ( I did not know this). If I had not been driven by this I would never found out after my surgery, about the danger I was actually in. The team of doctors could not tell from the MRI’s about the shredding of the duramater and it wasn’t discovered until the actual surgery. My first neurosurgeon had told me to wait 6 months to a year to do the surgery. He was fired promptly because I wanted that tumor out! I would not be here today if I had followed his advice.
    Just an FYI, I am not normally an angry person. I think my brother was serving as that little angel on my shoulder jibing me on as only a loving sibling can. It saved my life.

  2. Those with abject adversity have used their insight to change the world. Prime examples include Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Prophet Mohammad, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and many others. Their “disability” evolved their consciousness and ours for a better world.
    Frank Lane

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