Against All Odds  

duststormdiva 51F
7253 posts
9/5/2005 12:08 pm

Last Read:
3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Against All Odds

I have been reading this book. It’s a small book but the words are filled with so much inspiration. My friend and co-worker wrote it. For nearly three years I have worked with this man and never asked him why he was in a wheel chair. He does not work for our school full-time, but now and then when we have a special education need he is there.

A couple of weeks ago he came and talked to the Jr. High students about people being different and he told his story. Our 6th, 7th and 8th graders are a handful this year and it was amazing to see them all so quiet while he told about his struggles with life. It encouraged me to buy his book.

My daughters and I all cuddled on my bed the other day and I started reading it to them. I read about 1/3 the way through the book. Even my youngest lay in my arms while I read.

This young man at the age of 17 once was athletic, active, and healthy fell asleep at the wheel while driving to work one morning. When he woke up, he was going about 75 (his foot got heavier as he slept) and he was on the wrong side of the road, so he turned to the right and over corrected, turned to the left and locked up his brakes. The truck went into a tumble and he was projected out of his truck and when the truck stopped flipping all four tires popped.

As the wreck was discovered and the emergency crews came it had been discovered that he had severe cuts on his side, so large you could put your hand in them and still not touch the sides. The worse of his injuries was his severed spinal cord and shattered neck.

The doctors told him he was a quadriplegic and he would never walk again or feel anything again, and the sooner he accepted that the better off he would be. His faith got him through the worse of his trials and even though he is still in a wheel chair he beat the odds. He has since then regained all feeling through is body, and he can now walk short distances. He has a beautiful wife and five beautiful children.

Why am I talking about this if I am not going to promote his book? His book is inspiration to me. Those of you who know my blogs know that I have recently suffered a great loss and I struggle every day to cope with my fathers’ death. Some days I am happy, some days I am sad. While I know I’ll never ever see life the same way again, I know that I can regain the strength to continue on.

When I bought this book another co-worker told me, “You are going to cry when reading this book.” I told him, “I know, I cry everyday, but it will inspire me to pull through my sadness.”


rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/5/2005 2:44 pm

Thank you diva. I offer the following. I do not know where I came across it or who wrote it but I have kept it.

As autumn returns to earth's northern hemisphere,
and day and night are briefly,
but perfectly,
balanced at the equinox,
may we remember anew how fragile life is ----
human life, surely,
but also the lives of all other creatures,
trees and plants,
waters and winds.

May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may earth's weather turn kinder,
may there be enough food for all creatures,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts.

duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
9/5/2005 4:03 pm

mtnravyn, that is absolutely beautiful. Thanks!


keithcancook 60M
17785 posts
9/5/2005 5:55 pm

Kudos to your friend for overcoming his injuries and fulfilling his life.

As for the reading, well reading is an activity that increases knowledge, entertains, and can take you away from the cares of the world. Hurrah for the written word!

rm_willie8one2 70M
573 posts
9/5/2005 6:15 pm

I have also known a couple of people that went through life shattering experience though none that I know of have written a book. The first was a fellow I was in the army with that had a grenade go off at his feet. He lost both legs and one of his testicles but came through and was a happy productive person that went on to marry and have children. The other was a co-worker who had his lower back broken in a motorcycle accident when he was 19 and could no longer walk. He finished collage and became an engineer where I worked and had an outstanding way of working with people and helping kids with handicaps. It’s people like this hat have taken the worst that life gives you and overcame it that are and inspiration.

duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
9/5/2005 8:41 pm

Welcome back keith. I have missed you. Just where have you been young man??


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
9/5/2005 8:44 pm

willie, yes they are an inspiration. That is the very reason I chose to read his book, because his ordeal is much greater than mine and it helps knowing if he can pull through his situation with a happy attitude, I should be able to try and make life as back to normal as possible.


CuteAZguy27 39M
1545 posts
9/6/2005 6:18 am

If your not done with the book by this evenings get together, may i borrow it when your done ? Im a total bookworm and ive been craveing new material to read for months now, yes i actually do get tired reading the same 1200 page book 3 times in a row, i already know and remember whats going to happen on the next page 4 pages in front of that ! Thanx girl -


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
9/6/2005 7:14 am

Cute, you'll have to stand in line. There are a few others that want to read it. I'll tell you tonight where you can purchase one. I was lucky, the author sold me one for a few bucks cheaper AND mine is autographed.


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
9/7/2005 3:11 am

Thanks mzhuny, I know it's okay, but I have to be able to function. There are days I can't do anything but cry.


MiAmore62 49M

9/7/2005 9:48 am

DUST......... im havin a real hard time too and coud prob use to read someone elses stuff...someone who has it far worse than we ever imagined... write me with the book name if you would and maybe id get up the stength to drive to barnes and noble......... im sorry about your father........

duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
9/7/2005 5:54 pm

MiAmore62, you have mail.


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