The reality is, my life has never been the same since the day I injured my spine in Slovakia back in 2015. Within the blink of an eye, life as I knew it would never be the same. I woke up that morning ready to do the same thing I’d done hundreds of time before, but little did I know, that day would be the last time I’d ever wake up without pain and the last time I’d walk without a limp…
Within months of my injury I was medically discharged from the United States Army and everything I had worked so hard for came crashing down around me. I went from being a rock-star soldier to barely being able to walk without a cane at age 24. To top it all off, two weeks after my second operation on my spine, I found out my father (and lifelong hero) was diagnosed with motor neuron disease which later turned out to be ALS (a terminal illness).
But in the moment when I thought life couldn’t get any worse, I found the strength to rebuild in the most unusual places – encounters with complete strangers.
Now after my third operation on my spine, I am stronger than ever and sharing my journey to overcoming overwhelming adversity through my book, Secrets from Strangers.
The reality is, we all face obstacles in life that often seem impossible to overcome. More often than not, life throws us much more than just one obstacle at a time and that’s why I started writing. I wanted to share my experiences with the world with the hope of helping people find the inspiration and motivation they need to keep going in life. I’ve come to realize that life is so much easier when we learn from the experiences of others and the only reason I was able to rebuild my life was because of the incredible people God gave me to provide me with the strength, motivation and the courage to keep fighting.
Within these pages, I will share with you 18 life-changing encounters that I had with complete strangers throughout my recovery. My injury slowed my life down enough to realize the true value in the world around us if we take the time to pick our heads up for just long enough to look around. The secrets that I share with you in this book truly saved my life. I came home broken and discouraged but these secrets completely changed the way I saw my circumstances and gave me the strength to start over.
I hope you enjoy the book and I thank everyone for their support!
I will sign it and write a hand-written message to you or a loved one you’d like to share the book with inside the cover!
Enjoy the book and happy reading!
– Timothy A. Natale