A Second Opinion : There is Hope and Healing with Dr. Kyle Daigle
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by David Cooks
2w ago
You will NEVER walk again. You will NEVER do that again. For many who have experienced a traumatic event (i.e. Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury), the above statements are often the prognosis, leaving them without hope. Thanks to Dr. Kyle Daigle, the narrative is changing. “For people who refuse to accept NEVER as an answer”, Dr. Kyle Daigle uses an innovative approach to neurological recovery with Laser Therapy, Primitive reflexing and Nerve Stimulation. He is passionate and committed to restore health against all odds. Dr. Daigle, a former college baseball player, was introduced to service on ..read more
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From Iran to the U.S.: Escaping War to Saving Lives with Dr. Amir Rashidian
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by David Cooks
1M ago
Born in Iran, Dr. Amir Rashidian witnessed firsthand the atrocities of war. The Iranian government was overthrown. Iran became the Islamic Republic of Iran and the world as he knew it changed. He was 6-years old when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Iran and thus began the air-raids and bombings. Amir’s father wanted to bring his family to America. Every summer Amir’s father would take their family to a different European country with the hopes of obtaining a visa to the United States. Each time they met rejection and had to return home. Finally, at age 11, Amir’s family was given permission to e ..read more
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It's My Assignment, not My Punishment
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by David Cooks
2M ago
HIS STORY INSPIRED ME.  HIS FAITH ENCOURAGED ME. On November 2, 2011, Vincent Rutley, actor, playwright and musician, survived a near fatal accident that severed his spinal cord. Diagnosed as a paraplegic with traumatic brain damage, the doctors prepared him for the worst by telling him he would never move his arms or legs again.  He viewed this tragedy as an “Assignment” not a “Punishment”. Vincent Rutley comes from a strong family of faith, and has a strong personal relationship with God, so in the doctor’s report didn’t deter them from expecting the best.  Believing that God ..read more
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When Shift Happens with Kenneth Lock II
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by David Cooks
3M ago
Transparent. Real. Unedited. “Sometimes even when you are doing your best, things don’t work out.  Things conclude.  It’s ok to begin again.”– Kenneth Lock II Kenneth Lock II, author of the book “Shift Happens” , Pastor of Evolve Church and  Chaplain for The Milwaukee Bucks is no stranger to the changes, “the shifts” life can bring.  In this episode of Paralysis to Purpose the Podcast, we discuss the pain of a DIVORCE and the process of healing from a broken heart. Among other things, we also discuss how being  diagnosed with MENINGITIS and given 48 hours to live ..read more
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A Trailblazer on Ice - Anthony Walsh
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by David Cooks
3M ago
The Story of an adopted black hockey player Being adopted can be an uncomfortable conversation, but not for Anthony Walsh, author of the children’s book “Hockey is for Everybody.” Raised in Minnesota, Anthony was introduced to Hockey at a young age by his adopted parents. (“Mom & Dad”). When asked about his experience growing up as an adopted child, he is glowingly states he is grateful for being raised in a loving, nurturing and progressive family. However, as the only African-American and adopted player on his hockey teams, hearing teammates talk about their parents, grandparents, etc ..read more
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Digging Deep with Thomas R. Williams
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by David Cooks
7M ago
“Perspective can be your Prison or your Passport” – Thomas R. Williams Change is inevitable. On today’s episode, we welcome back Thomas R. Williams, to discuss some of the tools/principles necessary to continue moving forward and to sustain success during change and uncertainty. Thomas R. Williams, former NFL player, author, and member of the Jon Gordon Speaking Team, returns to Paralysis to Purpose the Podcast to discuss his latest book 'DIG – Discover Your Depth, Determination, and Destiny Through Adversity", and to share what’s new in his life journey since he first appeared on Paralysis to ..read more
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Basketball, Paralysis and Leadership with Jeremy Bock
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by David Cooks
8M ago
Jeremy’s life was hanging in the balance. A Flight for Life, was just the beginning of an incredible journey, that included paralysis twice, for Jeremy Bock, a talented basketball player from a small town in Wisconsin. With aspirations to play college basketball, Jeremy left the comfort of his hometown, and enrolled in a high school that he knew little about, except for their basketball success. Jeremy’s talent was quickly recognized by his coach and his peers, and he was instrumental in leading them to a state championship his junior year. His success didn’t come without its’ challenges. Jere ..read more
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SMACKIN' Success - Next Level Sunflower Seeds with Cole Schaefer and Brian Waddick
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by David Cooks
8M ago
Cole Schaefer and Brian Waddick, college roommates, had started a sunflower seed company in their dorm room at the University of Minnesota: SMACKIN’ Sunflower Seeds. Out of money and with COVID impacting the world, Cole and Brian had to make aa decision: find a way to keep the business going or quit. They believed in what they were doing and double-down on their goal of creating a sunflower seed inspired by the nostalgia of spitting seed on little league baseball fields but upgraded for the 21st century consumer. A healthy snack that tastes better than you remember with bold and unique flavors ..read more
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Financial Literacy for Athletes - A Must Win! with Ryan Schachtner
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by David Cooks
9M ago
Ryan Schachtner is the epitome of Paying It Forward, and his journey to becoming that, is inspiring. An aspiring professional baseball player, Ryan had put in the work and was on his way to having his dream fulfilled. That dream turned into a nightmare during warmups of one of his college baseball games. A routine warmup activity caused a shoulder injury that not only sidelined him for the remainder of that season, but it put an end to his baseball career. Ryan now found himself having to implement a Plan B, something he had not given much consideration to. He managed to get an internship that ..read more
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My .75 GPA : Not a Life Sentence with Dr. Jahkari "JT" Taylor
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by David Cooks
10M ago
Dr. Jahkari “JT” Taylor completed his freshman year in high school with a .75 grade point average. A troubled youth who went from living in a homeless shelter to one of the toughest Project complexes in South Norfolk, Va. He now has four earned degrees including a Doctorate in Advanced educational Leadership. How do you go from a .75 to a Ph.D.? On today’s podcast, we discuss his improbable journey from a troubled youth and self-proclaimed atheist to an award-winning educator, a community leader, an author of 9 books and The Senior Pastor at Focus Church in Chesapeake, VA. His most recent book ..read more
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