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My guest today is Rob Oliver.

At the age of 21, Rob Oliver sustained a paralyzing body surfing injury. As a result of the injury, he could not use his legs and he only has limited use of his arms and hands. He spent the next six months in rehab, getting stronger in learning how to do such simple tasks as feeding himself.

During this rehabilitation process, he was faced with major questions about life, relationships, his own identity in the future. What was he going to be able to do? How was he going to engage life? He was finding out many of the things that he could not do, how were those limitations going to impact his ability to be successful?

In his autobiography, Rob shares many of the lessons that he learned throughout the process. The lessons that he learned are lessons that apply to everybody. We all want to find love. We all need to feel a sense of accomplishment. If we want to truly live life, we have to make the most of every day that is given to us.

“Still Walking” chronicles Rob’s experiences from his accident prone childhood through his injury. He shares how he has moved on from the injury and in spite of its limitations has taken on the challenges of graduate school, marriage, full-time employment, parenting and just living a full life!

 

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