Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Slightly more than a decade ago, during a break between projects, I spent some time visiting family and friends. On my 2,000 mile drive home, somewhere in the snow-covered Rockies, my life changed dramatically. You can read about the start of my journey in the post titled “In the Beginning Part I.”

This post is not about my journey; it is about the journey of Amy Purdy. I chose to share her story because she uses humor to describe the opportunities available to her after life-changing events. Many people forget that humor is one of the best ways to overcome adversity and one of the best ways to share a story with people who may not want to hear a clinical description of your journey to recovery.


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To watch a longer (1 hour, 17 minute) video about her story, click here.


If your life were a book, and you were the author, what would you say, how would you say it, and who would you hope to reach? What was your dream prior to adversity? What is your dream now? How do you overcome life-altering detours?


Click here to read another Beyond Adversity post.

Thanks to Amy Purdy for sharing her story, YouTube for hosting the video, and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, video, content, and links 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.