James was a normal 19 year old with expectation of playing professional baseball,the major leagues. He was attending Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee on a baseball scholarship. He had the attitude of being invincible. After only being in college for two week and playing one college game in the fall, unexpected tragedy came a calling.
On September 11, 1983, James became a quadriplegic, dislocating three vertebra in his neck, from playing a football game. The doctor said, “James, I’m sorry. You’ll never walk again and you might be paralyzed from your neck down.” Later, the doctor advised his family to place him in a nursing home; he would be too much of a burden for them to take care.
At age sixteen, James grew-up fast when his father died. He played baseball in high school and received a college scholarship. Concerned about his mother and brothers, he hoped his athletic talent would lead to a financially successful professional baseball career. Then, one day, while playing a pick-up football game, James was seriously injured and diagnosed a quadriplegic. He asked the doctor, “How bad is it?” The doctor responded, “Bad enough.
In the journey of life, there is one common denominator we all share. We will be tested with trials and tribulations during our lifetime. Facing challenges can be overwhelming at times, but if we prepare ourselves emotionally, mentally and spiritually we can prevail over our difficulties. Persevere Past your Paralysis has been created as a tool to assist you in overcoming adversities. After winning a battle in life, you will stand tall and strong when encountering the next hardship.
Dr. James Perdue is other-centered, optimistic, and persevering. On several occasions I have invited James to share his inspiring story of overcoming obstacles to reach his goals, and I heartily recommend him as a speaker. He definitely holds the audience's attention and tells his story with openness and humor. He is a motivational speaker who will not disappoint.
Dr. Perdue's message, his wisdom, and his gut honesty about life has helped future teacher be more aware of the needs of the populations that they will be serving. His approach to a very sensitive subject puts his audience at ease while at the same time opening up the communication between the audience and himself. The best part of his story is it is still unfolding. I can't wait to look back in ten years to see where he is then.
James Perdue is one of the most genuine and authentic speakers that I have met in my 25 year speaking career. His story of perseverance through overwhelming adversity will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you're looking for a REAL speaker who will touch your heart and challenge you to count your blessings, I highly recommend my friend, Dr. James Perdue!