“That was like a knife in my heart to see I’m not able to sit or able to walk, or able to put on my clothes. But I’m concentrating on what I can do. I can breathe, I can have my mind, I can dream, I can wish.”
"My son was a big mentor to me, he was telling me, 'Dad, just be patient, don’t worry, it’s going to work out,' ... because I used to say that to him as a kid... and I love that role reversal."
“There are stand-up comics but I can’t find a sit-down comic. I can make jokes about things that no one else could touch with a 10-foot pole, and I’m only a five-foot pole. I need to go back to work.”
"What really helped me get back into the swing of things is figuring out what you’re most afraid of, just overcoming fear. The higher the fear threshold, the higher the reward."
"Don't feel like you have to go any route. If you don't want to do support groups, don't want to do your peer mentoring for a while, don't do it. But be open to that possibility re-emerging in your life."
"The fact that I was still alive... knowing that I was blessed with a second opportunity to live a life, however limited it might be, was a blessing."
"This world needs better from us. We cannot grow in isolation and, therefore, selfless contribution is very, very important."
"Get yourself mentally healthy as soon as you can, and deal with those emotions as soon as you can... Once I accepted that I’m very likely going to be in this chair the rest of my life, it opened up everything.
"Something that I care about deeply is connections, human sexuality, relationships... I’m a doctor in sexual health and I really love helping people regain that feeling."