It's easy to become jaded about stories of champion fitness athletes and bodybuilders who've overcome some sort of adversity. But once in a while, we're introduced to a man or woman whose struggle is so compelling, the odds so insurmountable, that it forces us to take notice and get inspired.
The story of Nick Scott is one such account. An ordinary teenager, Nick had the usual aspirations of young men of his age: sports and girls.
But his life changed on Aug. 17, 1998, when a tire blew out on his Buick Skylark. The car rolled over 5-1/2 times, ejected him, and then hit him in the back as a final indignity.
He tells the story in the new video "Rising Up: The Story Of Nick Scott."
In his hospital bed, Nick wasn't certain he'd ever walk again. Paralyzed from the waist down, he fell into a deep depression while his body weight eventually ballooned to more than 300 pounds. Coming back wasn't easy. But eventually, his resilient character began to fight back.
"What's the one thing you gain from losing everything?" he asks. "It's perspective. Because it wasn't about if my glass was half empty or half full. I was just grateful that I had a glass."