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The Arthur Boorman Story

Arthur Boorman

Arthur Boorman

Diamond Dallas Page

Diamond Dallas Page

I readily admit that I am a sucker for a happy ending. I’ll go to movies and cry at the end when something good happens to the main character. It’s like I’m wired to hope for people to succeed, to overcome the odds and to reach down inside themselves and find that extra something it takes to make it happen.

So call me a sap; hell, call me anything you want but I believe in the human spirit. I believe that people are capable of climbing personal mountains and of overcoming huge odds. I have seen it happen too often to believe otherwise. I am the ultimate fan of the underdog, the little guy or gal who looks at the odds stacked against them and considers it an opportunity rather than an obstacle. Those are the kind of people I want to party with for the rest of my life.

So today I bring you a true story about a man who simply refused to give up. This is a feel good story that needs to be shouted from the mountain tops. This is a story that beautifully captures what this series of articles is all about, namely the human experience. We humans are incredible beings and we are at our best when we are faced with odds that scream to give up.

I give you the Arthur Boorman story.


A paratrooper in the first Gulf War, Arthur Boorman suffered debilitating injuries to his knees and back from multiple jumps. Told by his doctors that he would never walk normally again he was forced to wear knee and back braces and walk with the assistance of canes.

His weight eventually ballooned to 297 pounds and his love for life diminished seemingly with every passing day. As you can see from the video his days were agonizing and all hope was apparently lost.

Or so it seemed.

After reading an article written about “Diamond” Dallas Page, a former professional wrestler who had suffered crushed vertebrae in his back and had made a recovery using yoga, Boorman contacted Page and asked for advice and help to improve his balance and strength.


Once a star on the Professional Wrestling circuit, Page suffered similar injuries as Boorman’s after twenty years of pounding in his profession. His wife suggested he try yoga to alleviate the pain and restore the use of his back.

After giving yoga a try he eventually started his own fitness program, became an instructor and became nationally known for his program and as a motivational speaker.

Page accepted Boorman’s request for help and through emails and telephone conversations they put together a training program to help Boorman in his recovery.

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After ten months of working through pain daily Boorman lost 140 pounds. More importantly, however, he regained his balance and in less than a year he was walking without the aid of a cane or the braces.

By the end of the year Boorman was running!


We all have personal obstacles. Some out there may be suffering from abuse. Some may be struggling with anorexia or bulimia, lost a job or a loved one to disease. Many have lost their homes or their farms, been in car accidents or battled with alcohol or drug abuse. At some point in our lives most of us have had to face problems that threaten to drive us to our knees. The question is this: once driven to our knees will we find the strength to rise again or will we stay down for the long count?

I marvel at human resiliency. I am humbled daily by some of the people I know who continually refuse to give up, who fight and fight and fight some more to carve out a piece of happiness and normalcy in their lives. That ability to bounce back is in each of us but for whatever reason there are those out there who do not believe they are capable of fighting the odds. Maybe they do not have the necessary support system in family and friends. Maybe their spirits have been irreparably broken and they no longer have any fight left in them. I don’t know but I do know it doesn’t have to be that way.

Life is just too short and way too precious to just give up. Somehow we all have to find that spark of life, that desire that will feed our hunger for a better life and lead us to take the necessary actions to rise above the obstacles that face us.

There are hundreds of thousands of stories like that of Arthur Boorman. All around us there are people who simply refuse to accept the status quo, who when told they can’t do something find a way to do it and do it remarkably well. We humans are capable of exceeding expectations time and time again and stories like this one should serve notice that we are not helpless, we are not hopeless, that as long as we are drawing a breath we are in control of our destiny and in control of how we live our lives.

I am proud to be of the same species as Arthur Boorman. My problems seem rather insignificant when compared to those that this man overcame. I am of sound mind and body. I have all the gifts and tools necessary to carve out a life of happiness. I can choose to crumble at the first sign of adversity or I can pull up my britches and refuse to give up. So can all of you! The choice is yours!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

A wonderful hub by my friend Melovy:


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 07, 2012:

Samnashy, I agree....anything is possible and isn't that incredible? Thank you!

Sam Graham from Australia on October 07, 2012:

A great inspirational hub. Anything is possible!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 15, 2012:

Hendrika, I cried when I watched the video....absolutely amazing story of the human spirit! Thank you!

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on September 15, 2012:

What a great story, it really makes one ashamed about all the moaning and groaning one does.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2012:

Eddy, it brightens my day to see your note first thing in the morning. You have been missed my friend; now all is right in my world. :) Thank you my dear!

Eddy Jones from Wales. on August 24, 2012:

Well what do I say Billy except that as always a brilliant writer with such a natural way of telling your story .

More importantly than this a brilliant friend and here's to a long time to come of friendship .Up up and away !!!!

Enjoy your day.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 08, 2012:

Bruce.....thank you....glad you liked the videos.....they have been well-received and there are a couple more Hubbers trying it now.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on August 08, 2012:

Awesome awesome have written an excellent motivating hub...the story of Arthur Boorman and his perseverance is truly very moving....and makes the obstacles in my life seem very small and easy to get around. I will be coming back to view your videos....which is a very interesting idea. Voted up and awesome....keep up the fantastic award winning work.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 03, 2012:

Nyamacha, thank you for that; I wish I would have said those words in my hub. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 02, 2012:

Thank you Rebecca....there is a new one coming out tomorrow I'm sure you will enjoy! I appreciate you and your warm spirit. Wishing you a wonderful weekend in Germany? I think you live in Germany....if not, wherever you may be.

Rebecca on August 02, 2012:

Really great hub! It's so amazing what some people have been through and yet never give up, they truly give hope to us all that no obstacle is to big to overcome. I'm really glad you've written a series of these Hubs, I'm sure I'm going to enjoy reading them!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 02, 2012:

Thank you Vespa; his is a great story for sure. I just had to write about it.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 02, 2012:

I also believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and Arthur Boorman's story is very inspirational! Thank you for a well-written and motivating pieces, besides some great videos. : ) Voted up and shared.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 28, 2012:

Eyes, I am a sucker for a happy story, and this one had me crying tears of joy! Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

Shell Vera from Connecticut, USA on July 27, 2012:

Wow! I too love a good story of triumph. Then again, I shed tears watching The Voice just because people are going after their dreams! Great story and thoughts, as always!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 27, 2012:

Suzie, thank you for sharing those very personal comments. I had a friend back in the 60's with epilepsy and there was quite a stigma attached to it back then. You have my respect for not giving up, for fighting, for respecting yourself enough to keep moving forward AND enjoying life.

Thank you my dear!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2012:

Bill you always brighten my day with your outstanding words. What a great hub showing a man's determination and absolute resolve to make changes against the odds. Your words ring so much truth, honesty and personal triumph Bill. Giving up or feeling like there is no point sometimes is something I am familiar with. Having developed Epilepsy in my early teens, I have been determined to overcome stigma's and "rules" and achieve personal goals.Traveling alone, Playing International Sport and most recently attaining my drivers licence are all things I love and was not prepared to give up. I don't think of myself as special but probably a stubborn Irish cailin with the "If I want to do it I'm gonna do it" attitude! You are such and inspirational person, someone I am delighted to call a friend now and I sincerely thank you for this and many other of your heartfelt hubs that have struck a chord within me.Many thanks Bill, you are truly a gifted and special man :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2012:

Teacher, where have you been? I hope all is well with you. I don't remember seeing any notifications of new hubs from you. I'll have to go check now. Thank you for the visit and it was nice to hear from you again.

LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on July 26, 2012:

Great story and very inspiring! "When the world knocks you to your knees you are in the perfect position to pray!"

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2012:

McKenzie, your dad was (is?) an incredible man. It is so easy to give up; the people who rise above adversity can hang with me any day of the week and twice on Sundays. :) Thank you for telling me about that remarkable man in your life.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2012:

Made, we all need an uplifting story like this one. I love your reaction to it and I thank you sincerely for being the person that you are.

Susan Ream from Michigan on July 26, 2012:

My Dad was paralyzed at the age of 40. He was thrown through the window when he collided with another car. Talk about a man with high energy and creativity, that was my Dad. Months into rehabilitation at a rehab hospital the staff put him on the sunshine committee. As my Dad wheeled from room to room he encouraged those who were also injured. He told me, there is always someone worse off than you and believe me I saw them in rehab. Dad redirected his energies and though the road was really tough and at times I know he wished he had died, he persevered and achieved many things he would not have ... had he not been in his chair.

Great article .. so happy Arther got connected to Diamond and the Diamond invested himself in Arther. So Cool! Thanks! Up, Beautiful and Awesome.


Madeleine Salin from Finland on July 26, 2012:

First I asked myself: Arthur ... who? After reading this hub I'm not asking anything more. I love Arthurs and Bills who believe in themselves and their ability to change their way of living with positive thinking and acting. Thank you for sharing this feel good story!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2012:

Thank you so much Jaye; that tells me you are part of the Facebook crowd...may I ask what you name is on Facebook so I can say hi when I'm on there?

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 26, 2012:

This is a tremendously inspirational story. Thanks to billybuc for writing it and to sunshine for sharing it (since I missed it the first time around). Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2012:

Janine, it is one of the most inspirational stories I have heard in a very long time. I would love to meet this gentleman and shake his hand.

Thank you my friend; you are a joy!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 26, 2012:

Amazing story and thank you for enlightening me about this one. I can't even imagine what Arthur Boorman must have felt or gone through and can only begin to have some sense after reading your article. This is truly an inspirational story and thanks for sharing it. Have voted and shared here too.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2012:

Boorman is a fascinating human being, Family Black, and yet each one of us has the capability to do the same. Thank you for your visit.

Family Black from Dallas, Texas on June 01, 2012:

I love the Boorman story. I love the idea that by applying ourselves and struggling, that we can overcome the odds. We can improve. And then we can help others. Inspirational.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2012:

Thank you Ben and you are very welcome!

ben6462d on May 31, 2012:

This is so true. Humans are incredible creatures,and we are capable of doing some amazing things both physically and mentally if we are so inclined. Thanks for the post!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2012:

Carlon, it can happen for any of us! I wish you well and best of luck in your endeavors. Thank you for visiting.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2012:

Anusujith, he is a very inspiring man. Thank you for visiting!

Carlon Michelle from USA on May 31, 2012:

Yes, I was crying at the end of the video and clapping too. There was powerful information in this hub. I am so trying to tap into the power within me to lose 70 pounds and make a comfortable living from my writing. This article was definitely encouraging. Smile!

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on May 31, 2012:

What a great story!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2012:

Thank you Alex; I appreciate it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2012:

Thank you Angela; he is an amazing man for sure.

Alex Jose from Cleveland, Ohio on May 30, 2012:

Amazing article

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 30, 2012:

Oh my! That was amazing and maybe just what I needed. Thank you so much! Empowering!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2012:


iamaudraleigh on May 30, 2012:

Thank you :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2012:

Just another reason why I like you Audra; we are both underdogs who don't give up. :) Thank you my dear! I'll always be pulling for you.

iamaudraleigh on May 30, 2012:

A wonerful story about an underdog that never gave up! I especially liked "people are capable of climbing personal mountains and of overcoming huge odds." Thank you for being there for the underdog like me :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2012:

Barry, the story kind of wrote itself and it was a very easy story to write because the man is so inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on May 30, 2012:

Great hub, one that can inspire you at any time. Well done for writing this!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2012:

Thank you Anna! It is a wonderful true life story and I am just the one who wrote it....all the credit goes to Arthur!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2012:

Spread, you are never alone! I have found no matter what I am facing there is someone who has already blazed that trail for me. Best of luck to you with your film making and thank you for your comment.

annaglomesh from Australia on May 30, 2012:

Lovely article ... well worth reading for all and an inspiration.

Spread a smile on May 30, 2012:


Wonderful story!! I am a film maker and I have had to fight injuries constantly for the past 3 years. Reading this story really made me proud about having faced the emotional trauma of being down and out and realizing that I am not alone...Truly inspirational!!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2012:

Thank you May! It is a wonderful thing Boorman did and I was happy to write about it.

May Galnou from Melbourne, Australia on May 29, 2012:

Great story, brought tears to my eyes. Thanks

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2012:

Sddsffds, best of luck on HubPages! I predict you won't last long but still, best of luck. And hey, thanks for stopping by because that gave me another view which helps my income on HubPages! What a pal you are! Oh, one other thing...learn the English language before making any more comments. I don't want you to embarrass yourself anymore than you already have.

sddsffds on May 29, 2012:

What a dry story wat noob would likethis

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2012:

Cgobey, we definitely need more inspiring people like Arthur! Thank you for commenting.

cgobey on May 29, 2012:

We need more inspiring stuff like this :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2012:

Thank you Afriqnet; you are very kind with your words and I appreciate it.

Joe Njenga from Nairobi Kenya on May 29, 2012:

I like the writing style, the intro was captivating and I appreciate your awesome inspiring story. Thanks

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2012:

Reagu, you and my son both! I love this story because it is real about a real person and that means if he can do it any of us can. Thank you for stopping by.

reagu from Los Angeles on May 29, 2012:

This is a beautiful and inspirational story. I'm glad to hear more of DDP since I rooted for him back in his wrestling days.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2012:

Thanks Gypsy! This was a pretty easy story to write; hard not to be inspired by this man's story.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 28, 2012:

Voted up and awesome. This is a feel good story and hats off to Arthur Boorman. If I was on the side lines and saw him run by I'd cheer myself hoarse. Thanks for sharing. Passing this on.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2012:

Rahul, I was taught well. It took me a long time to learn but that was not the fault of my mentors. Thank you so much; I will try to live up to those words daily.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 28, 2012:

You are the master of the craft indeed!


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2012:

My pleasure Angela....thanks for reading and commenting.

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on May 27, 2012:

Very inspirational, thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2012:

Thank you Pamela; it really is a great human interest story filled with courage and hope.

Pamela Kinnaird W from Arizona. on May 27, 2012:

What a great story and what a great time to post it -- Memorial Day weekend. This is so inspirational. Voting up, awesome, beautiful and sharing.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2012:

Lot, it is an incredible tale of perseverance. I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you.

Lot Rillera from Philippines on May 27, 2012:

this is a great hub and inspirational to those people with the same obstacles in life, hope they won't give up and strive more break that obstacles....voted up ! Lot

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2012:

Jamie, I'm happy that you enjoyed this story and you are right, there is considerable power in the simple act of believing. Thank you my friend!

Jamie Brock from Texas on May 27, 2012:

Bill, It isn't surprising that this one has a Hubscore of 100. This man's story is amazing.... Thank you for sharing this mans miraculous and inspiring story with us... It really should be a lesson to all of us not to never let someone else put a limit on our abilities and it can all be summed up by that one word, "Believe". Thank you again for such a wonderful hub, Bill.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2012:

Thank you Kelley for sharing this hub! It's a great story of overcoming great odds and I love it too.

kelleyward on May 27, 2012:

Bill, I don't know how I missed this great hub of yours until now! I found it under best hubs at 100! Thanks for sharing this great hub! Voted up and SHared! Kelley

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 18, 2012:

Jama, I agree completely and it is sad. The myopic beliefs of the establishment, fueled by greed of course (and fear) are preventing great strides in medicine.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on May 18, 2012:

I'm guessing it's because yoga is "holistic medicine" and holistic anything is considered "quackery" by med school docs and therefore cannot be recognized, acknowledged or recommended as a *viable* treatment alternative for injuries like Arthur's. Maintain the tradition, let the patient suffer. Very sad.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 17, 2012:

Jama, that same thought occurred to me....what is up with the doctors who had modern technology and knowledge and couldn't do a damn thing? Definite food for thought.

Thank you my friend!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on May 17, 2012:

Bill, besides saying you've written yet ANOTHER fabulous hub, I have to wonder why Arthur had to find a cure on his own. I hope he went back to those doctors who told him basically to 'go home and live with it' and gave them a piece of his mind! How many other "hopeless" cases are there out there that only need a "shot" of Arthur's enthusiasm and determination???

Voted up and awesome! ;D

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 15, 2012:

Homechef, I completely agree. It is uplifing and very inspirational. Thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 15, 2012:

Mrs. Rao, hello again. I love this story and I'm glad you did as well.

Homechef on May 15, 2012:

Great hub! I love those kind of stories, it's always inspiring to hear someone who made it against all odds

mrs rao on May 14, 2012:

Nice hub..a very positive one

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 13, 2012:

MJ, you are very welcome! Thank you for stopping by my site.

mj2991 from Pehawar on May 13, 2012:

very nice info thanks for sharing

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 13, 2012:

My pleasure Triple A...have a wonderful Mother's Day!

TripleAMom from Florida on May 13, 2012:

I love stories about people overcoming. So many people decide to give up and turn to alcohol, drugs, or other things to drown their sorrows instead of choosing life. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 13, 2012:

Recappers, I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I love this story because it is about a real person making the daily struggle that we all can relate to...and overcoming.

recappers delight on May 13, 2012:

Thank you for your uplifting story. I really enjoyed the video in particular.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2012:

Michael, your words humble me. If we do not have compassion, if we do not have nobility, then we have nothing in this life. You are a man who understands that and THAT IS WHY I follow you. :)

Mike Pugh from New York City on May 11, 2012:

This is a super inspirational hub here Billybuc, I'm loving the energy here. You words of encouragement mean a great deal to all of us, and me knowing what you've been through yourself, you have truly learned what it means to be human, and to endure harsh things in life, but only to come out of it all much stronger and wiser.

This is why I follow you as well, because there's so much knowledge and strength of true integrity, honor, courage, and dedication to others poring out from you in your writing.

Thanks man for thinking to help others besides yourself, you are a true, gentlemen, a noble soul, as well as a sincere compassionate person.

Cheers to caring!!! Voted up & all that goes with it my god friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 10, 2012:


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 10, 2012:

Darlin, there's a stool in my heart with your name on it! Know I'm working on the door thing. I have made it known I no longer go for 3 stikes at my age. My time is now and after the second strike, I'm back to MY home plate!

Thanx for your continued support. You mean the world to me!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 10, 2012:

Sha, I believe in the human race and stories like this continue to give me hope. You are one I believe in greatly and I know you can overcome any damn thing you set your mind to. Close the harmful door and walk through the next door that opens up; it just might be the door that changes your life forever.

You are such a good person; never forget that. I'll be in your corner as long as there is a stool for me to sit on. :)

love you too


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 10, 2012:

Bill, as one of your biggest fans, you know I admire and respect you. Shoot, let's be honest: I love the hell out of you!

Bringing forth this story not only exemplifies the beauty of your soul, strength and humble nature, but speaks volumes of the good of the world and the positive strength we humans have been given; if only we draw on it.

I hope you get a lot of "shares" out of this article. Perhaps if the news media concentrated on stories like this, the response would be a positive strain of human strength, rather than negative. Where do you suppose those who chose ill-will or cheating, stealing or harming others in order to "gain" get their ideas? People are human sponges; you become that to which you are exposed! If more stories like this were brought to light and spotlighted, the human race would be less destructive and more hopeful, helpful, kind and exercise positive strength!

I, for one, am going to share this my friend.

Thank you for reminding us of the absolute beauty in challenging ourselves to overcome obstacles!



Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2012:

Isn't it a great story, Ruby? It wrote itself and I had very little part in this one. Thanks, as always!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 09, 2012:

What a GREAT story. He never completely lost hope. There is that something in us that makes us fight when we're down. It may take a while,but we get there. The key is to reach out, someone will take your hand. I really believe that..Cheers my friend...

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2012:

Hey Jlava, I love these upbeat stories too and thank you for your kindness.

Jennifer Vasconcelos from Cyberspace and My Own World on May 09, 2012:

Goosebumps! I love hearing these stories and you always add a personal touch which is like icing on the cake. Thank You for Sharing!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2012:

Sandra, that was so kind of you. I think we have a tendency to get so wrapped up in the writing process that we really don't know if we are improving or not. Like everyone else I need feedback and I appreciate yours.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on May 09, 2012:

I'm with you about these stories of individual human beings overcoming tremendous odds. They shine like a beacon to those of us who deal with the day to day kind of stuff. As a writer, you are really coming into your own, and I'm looking forward to many great things from you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2012:

Paula, anything for you!

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