Many Texans are perplexed as to why Governor Greg Abbott is confined to a wheelchair. His is a triumphant narrative over tragedy.
Why is Governor Greg Abbott in a Wheelchair?
Governor Greg Abbott, a 26-year-old recent law school graduate, took a break from preparing for the bar exam on a summer day in July 1984 by going for a jog in a west Houston neighborhood, like he had done many times before.
Governor Abbott was out running when a massive oak tree along his path split and collapsed on his back, paralyzing him from the waist down.
Doctors discovered numerous crushed vertebrae splintering into his spinal cord, shattered ribs, and damage to essential organs when he was brought to the hospital.
Doctors attempted to reassemble his vertebrae as he lay in a hospital bed, writhing in excruciating pain. Two steel rods were placed near his spine and will remain there for the rest of his life. Governor Abbott was reminded of things he’d learned throughout his life during his traumatic recuperation, particularly the lesson of tenacity.
Governor Abbott learned from this event that our struggles do not define our lives. Rather, how we respond to those obstacles defines our life.
Governor Greg Abbott’s triumph against tragedy demonstrates that he does not back down from problems, but instead uses his lessons in endurance to conquer them.
Governor Abbott, unlike other politicians who brag about having a steel spine, actually has one. He’ll battle for you and every Texas family with his steel spine!