Thankfully, God placed James within a family that didn't accept such advice. After years of hard work, fortitude, and perseverance, he was able to return to college. After completing his bachelor's degree, it took him three years to land a teaching contract. Prospective employers saw the wheelchair not the applicant.
As an educator, James received teaching and coaching awards. Confident, he decided to return to college. After completing his doctoral degree in May 2011, James became a motivational speaker encouraging other people to triumph over tragedies.
He knows all of this would not have been possible without God in his life, his family's support, and his personal values - the desire to succeed in life and overcome adversities.