During my illness three years ago people said my attitude was incredible, and my gut says yeah, it played a role in my total recovery against nasty odds. The first paragraph of my CaringBridge journal ended saying we'll "do everything we can to maximize my chances. Top of the list: a strong mental attitude and a clear mind!"
Thanks to online Connecticut friend Kathleen Tinkel, I just discovered a guy who takes "attitude" to a new level of inspiration: Jothy Rosenberg. 37 years ago he lost a leg to osteosarcoma, which spread 3 years later to his lungs; he lost 40% of them. Well, check this out:
He's ridden the 192 mile Pan Mass Challenge bike ride seven times, and has swum from Alcatraz to San Francisco 16 times. With one lung and one leg.
Why? He writes, "To get through life at all I desperately needed to find a way to regain a sense of self-confidence. I did that through athletics."
He's written a book, launching Dec. 16, titled, aptly enough, "Who Says I Can't?" His story's on his blog here, and the book's Facebook page is here.
I gotta meet him....
Update March 17, 2010: Jothy is currrently planning his next Alcatraz swim. Go donate. I did.
His website/blog: http://www.whosaysicant.org/
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/whosaysicant
His book, "Who Says I Can't?" http://www.whosaysicant.net/