The other day, the hospital that I work for brought in a motivational speaker to help keep us motivated to reach our yearly goals. It was pretty cool of the company to do it. They based it on a triathlon theme and had our medical director and other people from upper management play a role as a member of a triathlon team. The guest speaker that they brought in was Nick Roumonada. Nick is an athlete who happens to be an amputee. He has an amazing story on his website www.runnickrun.org where he supports the Challenged Athlete Foundation to help athletes with disabilities live a normal life through sports.
At 13 years old, Nick contracted bacterial meningitis, which made him very sick. He was so sick that the doctors did not expect him to make it through the night. He survived the night, and the next, and the next. Six months later, he was able to go home from the hospital. He survived the whole ordeal, but inevitably lost his left leg below the knee. Imagine dealing with losing a limb at the age of 13.
Nick took that tragedy and turned it into an opportunity by finding a love for music through the trumpet. He was able to make a professional career out of his love for music. He traveled the world and played on the biggest stages of his profession.
Tragedy has struck twice and at the age of 30 Nick was diagnosed with Facial Dystonia, which affects his facial nerves. He was told that he had to put down his trumpet or he could lose the abilities to eat, talk, swallow. Prior to to finding out this horrible news, Nick was already getting into running to stay in shape.
A few weeks after learning that Nick had to put down the trumpet forever, he was awarded a grant for a prosthetic running leg. He took this blessing and literally ran with it. He trained for his half marathon, which left his leg bloodied and in pain. But, he ran through the pain and kept putting one foot forward….
Here is a video of Nick running his first half marathon and he explains how he has overcame such adversities that would stop anyone from pursuing anything.
Nick’s story serves as a small reminder of the power of motivation. He is the epitome of the saying, “You can do anything if you put your mind to it.” I applaud Nick for not just being a successful trumpet player, or for becoming part of the US Paraolympic Triathlon team, but for being able to take something bad in his life, flip it and use it as an opportunity to transform himself into a different person.
Thank you Nick for your story and inpiring me to better myself as an indiviual. Your story keeps me motivated when I feel like I am in a rut.
I hope Nick’s story can inspire you to do something today. It doesn’t matter what it is that you do: run, swim, study, eat healthy, but do something today that will make you and anyone around you better as an individual or as a team. Share your comments below and thank you for stopping by!