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The Thank You Poem


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Written in honor and memory of the many people who taught me to enjoy life beyond injury

Although I could not list every person who has helped me during the lengthy and ongoing journey, my hope is the people who helped will see something in this post that applies to them.

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Thank you to the many people who helped me survive brain cancer, recover to the greatest extent possible, and evaluate my post-injury options. I also appreciate those who introduced me to their friends; created my social media profiles; taught me to blog; answered my social media questions; and proofread, approved, liked, commented, or shared my posts. This post would not be complete unless I also thanked the many people who continue to help me live a healthy, fit, and low-stress lifestyle as well as those who help me navigate the sometimes challenging path to happiness.

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.

11 Responses to “The Thank You Poem”

  • Scott you continue to be a role model for the many people who have brain injuries. On a grander scale you are an inspiration to all of us and continue to remind us what is possible even when the challenges seem overwhelming. Love where you are going…and look forward to more greatness from you my friend.

  • Jay Cassie says:

    What a wonderful poem. Having faced some of your choices due to the big “C” as we used to call it. I have to thank friends and staff of hospitals for the fact that I am still here today and able to write this. An attitude of gratitude was something I learned from the books of Depak Chopra and The Secret and it got me through the bad times and taught me to live in the present moment. We are all going to die one day but I have learned that it does not have to be today.

    • Scott says:

      Jay, thank you for telling us about the book and what worked for you. I am glad to hear that you made it through the “bad times.” Feel free to share stories, ideas, and updates as often as you would like. ~ Scott

  • Greg Johnson says:


    Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. More importantly, thank you for sharing yourself with so many people, and enriching all of our lives.

  • What a nice post Scott. Thank you for sharing it with me, and thank you for being an inspiration to those you come in contact with. Keep up the good work.

  • Esther says:


    Please keep sharing all you do
    The serious, sad, and funny too!

    The tearjerker, outstanding, and improved
    The courageous, inspiring, and un-excused!

    I look forward to new posts every few days
    And I’m never disappointed; sometimes I’m amazed!

    I feel enlightened, uplifted, grateful, and sometimes confused
    with the brain teasing enigmas I’m unable to do.

    Overcoming adversity is no easy feat, the Beyond Injury blog
    helps us defeat, what’s blocking the path on our way to meet,
    our goals, our dreams, and challenges . . . that’s Neat!

    • Scott says:

      Esther, I enjoyed reading your poem. Thank you for sharing it. As long as you are trying to solve the puzzles, you are making progress — whether or not you solve them — at least you are trying. The people who tell themselves they “can’t” and those who never try are the ones who need the most help. ~ Scott

  • Debbie Wilson says:

    You are a survivor for all to admire! Thank you for this amazing gratitude poem we are so PROUD of YOU!

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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.