We all know the heroes that we often hear so much about. Yes, they are fictional but they still carry a level of interest that keeps us all wanting to see their latest movie or comic book adventure. However, in Illinois there is a man that I would definitely call a superhero, he might not have a cape but he doesn’t need one. The superhero that we are talking about wasn’t born on another planet, he has no arch enemy but he still inspiring millions to take the right steps in life. For most men, the bad energy that comes with receiving word that you have been diagnosed with cancer is the start of the finish line. I would imagine that it would be hard not to feel completely hopeless, in the face of such a devastating illness.
Brad Vinyard had to hear those painful words that no person should ever want to hear, that they have cancer. While some would take the doctor’s words as a death sentence, this is where Brad knew he needed to fight back. Dedicating himself to weightlifting, not only did Vinyard beat the cancer but he would also go on to set weightlifting records. Now, while setting a record in the sport of weightlifting is certainly no small accomplishment, something made Vinyard’s path there that much tougher, he only has one leg. If you are under the mindset that having one leg eliminates the quality of life that you have, you might need to have a talk with Brad Vinyard, his has done things that we all wish we could do, never letting a disability hold him back.
There is no arguing that Brad Vinyard is a fighter, while he may practice the good word, he has won battles that would break most men. Not one to take his story and not use it to inspire others, Vinyard also speaks around his home state. If you haven’t heard about this man before, his story is one that does require a thorough reading of. Speaking of reading, Vinyard has also made into a book called Superheroes Are Everywhere. Learning about everything that Brad Vinyard has had to endure, in order to live the life that he has now was a journey that was filled with roadblocks. Writing this out, I do need to say that I have spent the better part of last week in a mental fog. Do you ever just have those weeks were things feel so out of place, even though nothing has changed? I have lived this way quite a few times and reading the story of Brad Vinyard has snapped me out of it, as you read this. I hope that maybe this post helps you too, someone in life always has it tougher than you do, it’s important to keep that in mind when something doesn’t go your way. Of course, I wouldn’t go giving Brad any special treatment, he is getting along much better than a lot of people I know, he is a true inspiration. If you want to know more about Brad, I highly suggest that you give his book a read, it is great for the entire family. Nothing is wrong with watching every Batman and Superman film but it is also good to be grounded and realize that people all around us are doing some amazing things.