The Arthur Boorman Story
- Arthur Boorman, Disabled Veteran, Walks Again After Discovering Yoga (VIDEO)
When American paratrooper Arthur Boorman returned home injured from the Gulf War, doctors told him he'd never walk unassisted again.
- Diamond Dallas Page
Official website for three time WCW World Heavyweight Champion DDP
I readily admit that I am a sucker for a happy ending. I’ll go to movies and cry at the end when something good happens to the main character. It’s like I’m wired to hope for people to succeed, to overcome the odds and to reach down inside themselves and find that extra something it takes to make it happen.
So call me a sap; hell, call me anything you want but I believe in the human spirit. I believe that people are capable of climbing personal mountains and of overcoming huge odds. I have seen it happen too often to believe otherwise. I am the ultimate fan of the underdog, the little guy or gal who looks at the odds stacked against them and considers it an opportunity rather than an obstacle. Those are the kind of people I want to party with for the rest of my life.
So today I bring you a true story about a man who simply refused to give up. This is a feel good story that needs to be shouted from the mountain tops. This is a story that beautifully captures what this series of articles is all about, namely the human experience. We humans are incredible beings and we are at our best when we are faced with odds that scream to give up.
I give you the Arthur Boorman story.
OUR MAIN CHARACTER
A paratrooper in the first Gulf War, Arthur Boorman suffered debilitating injuries to his knees and back from multiple jumps. Told by his doctors that he would never walk normally again he was forced to wear knee and back braces and walk with the assistance of canes.
His weight eventually ballooned to 297 pounds and his love for life diminished seemingly with every passing day. As you can see from the video his days were agonizing and all hope was apparently lost.
Or so it seemed.
After reading an article written about “Diamond” Dallas Page, a former professional wrestler who had suffered crushed vertebrae in his back and had made a recovery using yoga, Boorman contacted Page and asked for advice and help to improve his balance and strength.
“DIAMOND” DALLAS PAGE
Once a star on the Professional Wrestling circuit, Page suffered similar injuries as Boorman’s after twenty years of pounding in his profession. His wife suggested he try yoga to alleviate the pain and restore the use of his back.
After giving yoga a try he eventually started his own fitness program, became an instructor and became nationally known for his program and as a motivational speaker.
Page accepted Boorman’s request for help and through emails and telephone conversations they put together a training program to help Boorman in his recovery.
THE MIRACULOUS RESULTS
After ten months of working through pain daily Boorman lost 140 pounds. More importantly, however, he regained his balance and in less than a year he was walking without the aid of a cane or the braces.
By the end of the year Boorman was running!
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
We all have personal obstacles. Some out there may be suffering from abuse. Some may be struggling with anorexia or bulimia, lost a job or a loved one to disease. Many have lost their homes or their farms, been in car accidents or battled with alcohol or drug abuse. At some point in our lives most of us have had to face problems that threaten to drive us to our knees. The question is this: once driven to our knees will we find the strength to rise again or will we stay down for the long count?
I marvel at human resiliency. I am humbled daily by some of the people I know who continually refuse to give up, who fight and fight and fight some more to carve out a piece of happiness and normalcy in their lives. That ability to bounce back is in each of us but for whatever reason there are those out there who do not believe they are capable of fighting the odds. Maybe they do not have the necessary support system in family and friends. Maybe their spirits have been irreparably broken and they no longer have any fight left in them. I don’t know but I do know it doesn’t have to be that way.
Life is just too short and way too precious to just give up. Somehow we all have to find that spark of life, that desire that will feed our hunger for a better life and lead us to take the necessary actions to rise above the obstacles that face us.
There are hundreds of thousands of stories like that of Arthur Boorman. All around us there are people who simply refuse to accept the status quo, who when told they can’t do something find a way to do it and do it remarkably well. We humans are capable of exceeding expectations time and time again and stories like this one should serve notice that we are not helpless, we are not hopeless, that as long as we are drawing a breath we are in control of our destiny and in control of how we live our lives.
I am proud to be of the same species as Arthur Boorman. My problems seem rather insignificant when compared to those that this man overcame. I am of sound mind and body. I have all the gifts and tools necessary to carve out a life of happiness. I can choose to crumble at the first sign of adversity or I can pull up my britches and refuse to give up. So can all of you! The choice is yours!
2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)
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