Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Future homeowners in front of the house volunteers are building for them. Credit: Habitat for Humanity


A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit. ~ Greek proverb


Prior to my adversity, I thought donating to charities was the same a volunteering. I donated to a few organizations once per year, for several years. A few years after the diagnosis of my brain cancer in 2003, I began volunteering four to ten hour per week, every week, and I continue to volunteer several hours per week, every week.

Group of Hands Holding Letter Volunteer

Call to Action

Find an organization that supports a cause in which you believe. Offer to volunteer. Begin volunteering. Perhaps, you could begin volunteering at an annual event such as a fundraiser. Maybe you can volunteer more frequently the once per year. If the work or organization is not for you, switch to a different position or organizations. You will find volunteering make you feel better by helping a stranger feel better.

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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.

2 Responses to “Volunteering”

  • lexie wyman says:

    That’s why I coach, even though I can’t even run! You’re invested in something other than your life and is good for everyone!

    • Scott says:

      Lexie, that is certainly one of the many reasons to volunteer. I also believe volunteering teaches us something that cannot be taught with a textbook. In my opinion, there are many benefits to volunteering. ~ Scott

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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.