CHANCE LAWSON RETURNED TO WRESTLING AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CAR
46% OF SCOTT SMOOT’S BODY WAS COVERED IN THIRD DEGREE BURNS, GOES ON TO WIN MULTIPLE POWERLIFTING COMPETITIONS
“My friend yelled at me,” he said. “When I turned around, a car hit me going over 45 mph.”
The next thing Chance remembers is laying on the ground. Everything was moving in slow motion. When he started to come to, pain flooded his entire body.
“I underwent emergency surgery,” he said. “The last memory I have before going under was my wrestling coach telling me I’d be a future state champion. Almost storybook, right?”
Robin Holtry Found Strength After the Sudden Loss of His Grandfather
“I rolled as soon as I felt the heat,” Scott said. “I stood up thinking I had eliminated anything burning, and as fate would have it, my pants and shirt were ablaze. The gas was soaked into my pants. I rapidly removed my clothes which was my only alternative. I managed to control my breathing to prevent shock from setting in. My father activated 911 as my grandfather used an extinguisher to put the fire out.”
Jonathan Long, Kidney Cancer and the Road Back
“Back in 2015, I went on a family vacation to Colorado with my mother, sister and grandfather,” he reflected. “On a family rafting trip, my grandfather fell into the cold Poudre river which triggered a heart attack. The day was a blur. I was on a separate raft when we got the signal to make our way to shore, and all I remember hearing is my mother screaming as she frantically held onto my grandfather, so he wouldn’t continue floating down the river. I didn’t have the slightest clue what exactly was happening.”
Daniel Mullens, Living With Hemihypertrophy Disease
“I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma,” he said. “That was about eight years ago. Never did I think that was the end for me. I knew that I would fight and overcome it. That’s exactly what I did.”
In fact, not only did he overcome it, he competed in his first Scottish Highland Games just 18 months after his surgery.
“That’s when they found how big my heart was,” he said. “They diagnosed me with hemihypertrophy disease. I always knew there was something wrong – I had a size 22 left shoe and size 18 right shoe – but I didn’t realize it was my heart.”
For Shaun Gill, anger led him to a pivotal crossroads in life.
“My mom was sick for nearly 20 years,” he said. “But for the last eight years of her life, from about 2008 – 2016, she was bedridden and had to be fed, taken to the bathroom and helped in the shower.”